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


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
Monday March 26, 2012
A recent NPR report has raised doubts about the value of a GED as an equivalent of a high school diploma and most importantly its value in the labor market. The report quotes a top lieutenant of the Los Angeles Unified School District saying: "If I were prepared today with a GED, and that's what I had as an 18-year-old, I'd be scared to death of the future." This view on the GED is not entirely new. We do know that study after study has shown GED graduates doing poorly once they transition to postsecondary education. A 2010 ACE report that tracked postsecondary outcomes of GED holders over a...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Friday December 9, 2011
"It broke me up into pieces and put me back together." That’s how a young woman described her experience at Training Futures in Northern Virginia when I visited there in 2009. She was enrolled in an internship at a local company, handsomely dressed and beaming with confidence when I sat across the table from her during a visit one afternoon in late spring 2009. Yet just a couple of years earlier, having dropped out of school she was desperately looking for guidance in her life and a job to provide for her family. Training Futures was one of several dozen programs I visited to identify the...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth