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

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Tuesday April 5, 2016
College students taking a test
The first of the Core Principles states: Every student’s postsecondary education begins with an intake process to choose an academic direction and identify the support needed to pass relevant credit-bearing gateway courses in the first-year. This dry, bureaucratic statement conceals a call for radical transformation of the entire intake and advisement process at community colleges across the nation. Historically, the intake process was designed to weed out students deemed “not ready” for college-level work. Such students were directed into developmental education courses that could take...
Tags: Credentials, Developmental Education, Dropout Recovery
Wednesday February 10, 2016
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Originally posted on Andrus Family Fund's blog on February 5, 2016. In our last blog post, we identified the skills gap that contributes to America’s double digit youth unemployment rate. We also saw how grantee partner LeadersUp is closing the skills gap and connecting opportunity youth with career pathways. However, addressing skills alone cannot solve the workforce inequities we see today. While the Nation’s unemployment rate has improved, recent data shows that the unemployment rate for African American youth under the age of 20 is significantly higher than their white counterparts....
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Wednesday October 21, 2015
Helping Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care Succeed in College
Participants working to help improve success outcomes for foster youth held a debrief session outdoors in Kalamazoo, MI. Young people who are transitioning from foster care aren’t faring well in college. A 2010 study by researchers at the University of Chicago, revealed that only 6% of former foster youth had earned a two- or four-year degree by age 24. Those not in college may be in jail—34% who had left foster care at age 17 or 18 reported being arrested by age 19. Such dismal outcomes speak volumes about the lack of systems put in place to help former foster youth make a successful...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery
Wednesday August 5, 2015
While employment rates in the U.S. are improving, young people seeking to enter the workforce continue to be disproportionately unemployed. Jobs for the Future is honored to join forces with the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and a powerful coalition of leading companies to work toward expanding economic mobility for young adults in order to create better futures for them that will benefit us all. Seventeen top U.S. employers—including CVS Health, JC Penney, JPMorgan Chase, Macy’s, Microsoft, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart—announced an initiative to create pathways...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Wednesday December 17, 2014
Originally posted on Getting Smart on December 16, 2014  By Clare Bertrand & Scott Emerick Choosing a college, selecting a course of study or training program, and launching a career path are not easy choices for anyone and the stakes for these decisions are highest for low-income students. There are currently 6.7 million 16- to 24-year-olds in America who are not currently in school or working. We are part of a growing movement calling these young people "opportunity youth." The great news is that despite their disconnection from education and employment, these young people have...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Blended Learning