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


Monday March 16, 2015
Two students learning about the human skeleton.
Launching Low-Income Students to College and Career Success Nancy Hoffman is vice president and senior advisor at JFF, where she leads the Regional/State Youth Career Pathways Systems team. Over a decade ago, the Gates Foundation, still new to education reform, asked Jobs for the Future to take on a risky and ambitious venture: to lead a national partnership to create accelerated high schools for struggling low-income students. The start provoked skepticism from school reformers of all persuasions. These early college high schools were designed to take young people who were working below...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
Thursday January 29, 2015
I was the first in my family to go to college. For many early college high school students, this is their reality, and this reality is one I share. I was in high school in Boston over 25 years ago and, at the time, had very limited knowledge of college, but was constantly told that I should go. I did go, but was woefully underprepared in every way you can imagine. To succeed in college and careers, students need even more than just academic proficiency. They must also have college-ready skills, such as study skills, self-advocacy skills, and the ability to navigate campus resources, from...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Tuesday November 11, 2014
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Dayton Early College Academy students learning science.
Recently, Jobs for the Future sat down with Principal Crystal L. Phillips from Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School in Dayton, Ohio, and asked her what makes her school special. Engaging Traditionally Underserved Students Dunbar High School was the first school of its kind in the city of Dayton, Ohio, originally created for African-American students, and that tradition continues today. Tradition is an integral part of Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School, where students join a large alumni association that includes Phillips herself, who graduated in 1991. Principal...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Monday October 13, 2014
Early college high schools enable students, regardless of previous academic achievement, to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and one to two years of transferable college credit, tuition free. These academically rigorous schools predominantly help low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, students of color, and other young people from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education. The documented success of the early college approach is based on more than just superior academics. In fact, students are graduating at rates far above the national...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Monday October 6, 2014
Engaging Parents to Inspire Students
Caesar Mickens, director of Early College Design Services at Jobs for the Future, provides an inside look at PSJA's parental engagement program. ---  In three impoverished communities near the Texas-Mexico border, hundreds of parents are following in their children’s footsteps each day and heading off to school. Single mothers, unemployed fathers, and recent immigrants are mastering English, studying for GED tests, and becoming certified for high-demand jobs to improve economic prospects for their families. The free classes are an unusual, but integral, part of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment