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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Monday January 7, 2013
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently interviewed Byron Villagran a former high school dropout who then enrolled in and graduated from a school run by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. At LACC, Byron’s educational aspirations were reignited and today he has not only earned a diploma, but is well on his way to complete community college and transfer to a four-year college. There are millions of Byrons across our country who, for a variety of reasons, are not doing well in traditional school settings or have entirely dropped out of school. Byron was fortunate enough to find the LACC...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Wednesday November 14, 2012
Youth Weigh In On Solutions to Their Own Economic Challenges
In the contentious debate about how to fix America’s problems or even which problems to fix, the National Council of Young Leaders has offered a youth perspective. The Council is a diverse group of young people from all corners of the country who recently released their Recommendations to increase Opportunity and Decrease Poverty in America. This group came together on the recommendation of the White House Council on Community Solutions, and was assembled by six sponsoring organizations including JFF, YouthBuild USA, Opportunity Nation, Public Allies, Year Up, and Youth Leadership Institute...
Tags: Opportunity Youth
Wednesday November 7, 2012
A newly released FSG publication, Collective Impact for Opportunity Youth proposes how communities across the country can improve the life trajectories of the nearly 20 percent of our 16- to 24-year-olds, who are not connected to either education or the workforce. The White House Council on Community Solutions dubs this group of 6.7 million young adults “opportunity youth” both to highlight their aspirations to realize their full potential and to remind us that collectively these young adults represent an enormous opportunity to improve the economic and social health of our nation. The...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Wednesday May 2, 2012
Education is hailed as the greatest equalizer in American society. The fact is for entire generations of Americans, access to good and meaningful educational opportunities has historically been a ticket to well-paying jobs, greater participation in civic life, strong families and communities, and for all of us a stronger and more prosperous United States of America. Yet for a large portion of African-Americans (males in particular), the promise of education as a way out of poverty into a productive life of work and active civic participation remains largely unfulfilled. The statistics are...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, State-Local K-12 Policy
Wednesday April 4, 2012
In a March 2010 article in the Harvard Business Review, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a professor at the Harvard Business School, writes: Progress requires institutional change to reinvent not just products and services, not just organizations and industries, but entire interconnected systems.   As an example of one of those interconnected systems, she points to the Harlem Children’s Zone where a network of not-for-profit organizations are working together and leveraging resources across sectors to improve student outcomes in a 97-block area of Manhattan in New York City. I must say that for those...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth