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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Monday June 27, 2016
Rethinking 12th Grade
Orginally posted on Impatient Optimists, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blog. Millions of high school seniors across the country are graduating this spring and celebrating their accomplishments and the beginning of the rest of their lives. Most—about 68 percent—will enter college immediately in the fall. That’s important, though the number should be even higher, because they are entering a world where most people need a postsecondary credential in order to find a decent job that pays enough to support themselves and their families. The problem is that, while some of that 68 percent...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Tuesday May 17, 2016
Paying for college just got easier, with the Obama Administration’s announcement of the 44 institutions chosen to participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative that will allow high school students to use federal Pell grants to pay for credit-bearing college courses. Currently, Pell grants—the most important source of federal financial aid for low-income students aspiring to a college education—are not available to high school students. This $20 million initiative will expand access to college courses for over 10,000 students at 44 colleges in 23 states.  This initiative will help support...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Tuesday May 10, 2016
If the U.S. is to live up to its history as a land of equality and mobility, we must ensure that our educational systems help the poorest and most disadvantaged students instead of standing in their way. Jobs for the Future’s new inclusive policy framework helps practitioners, policymakers, and advocates identify opportunities to make educational policy inclusive of students who have long been overlooked. Please join us at Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility: A Jobs for the Future Summit in New Orleans in June to explore with us how policy and culture shifts can improve outcomes for...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Opportunity Youth, Federal Higher Education Policy, Summit, Economic Mobility
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
Thursday April 7, 2016
A professor is helping two students in a classroom
Principle 4. Additional academic support should be integrated with gateway college-level course content — as a co-requisite, not a pre-requisite. Principle Four opens the question of what needs to be done for students who enter college with skills so low that it is not likely they can benefit from default placement in a college-level course. The honest answer is that we don’t know. Whatever the eventual solutions, student supports will need to be a central feature. Principle Four focuses on “additional academic support,” but I argue that “additional support” needs to go far beyond the...
Tags: Credentials, Developmental Education, Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth