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Wednesday September 28, 2016
Photo of Georgetown University
Georgetown University In 1838, Georgetown University sold hundreds of enslaved people to a plantation in Louisiana; the University made about $3.3 million, in today’s dollars, from the sale. On September 1, 2016, the President of Georgetown University acknowledged that this Jesuit institution enslaved human beings and that the institution profited from slavery. A 16-member working group reviewed Georgetown’s history with slavery and issued a report on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation; their reflections include recommendations that the university will implement, including: preferential...
Tags: Economic Mobility
Monday September 19, 2016
Several months ago, Jobs for the Future hosted Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility, a summit where educators, researchers, funders, and young people shared their strategies for addressing the pressing challenges of mobility and inequity in our country. Even though these problems can sometimes seem intractable, the summit was a “Yes we can!” moment for me. Yes we can change the outcomes for men and boys of color, Arnold Chandler assured us. The Partnership on Moblity from Poverty assured us that poverty can actually be eliminated, and various speakers described the substantial...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth, Summit, Economic Mobility, Equity, Reentry
Wednesday May 25, 2016
City Skyline
By Marty Alvarado and Lucretia Murphy Nineteen-year-old Jadareous Davis was about to graduate from high school and enter adulthood with little family support, outstanding debt, and few prospects for a job that provides a living wage. As the Washington Post story shows, Mississippi students like Jadareous are too often faced with crippling intergenerational poverty simply because of where they live. The Deep South offers the bleakest landscape for its youth, especially for African-American males. Mississippi, specifically, has the lowest median income in the nation and a poverty rate nearly...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Summit, Economic Mobility
Friday May 6, 2016
Jobs for the Future took part in National Reentry Week last week, when we highlighted the ongoing work of entities providing reentry education to young people and adults in communities across the country as part of the Department of Education’s Improved Reentry Education Demonstration Project. In the course of highlighting the reentry education programs, we heard from the individuals they work with. Their voices remind us why it is critical to stay focused on this important work. These individuals, some of whom are still incarcerated, told us in their own words that reentry education is not...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Career Pathways, Reentry
Tuesday April 26, 2016
The Department of Justice has designated this week, April 25-29 as National Reentry Week in an effort to highlight the difficult and critical work that takes place across the country to enable youth and adults to successfully reenter their communities after incarceration. Getting a good job is critical to successful reentry, and in today’s economy people need a postsecondary credential to secure steady employment with a livable wage. Strong education and training programs are needed to make good on the promise of a second chance after incarceration.  The Department of Education has made...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Career Pathways, Reentry