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


Tuesday April 17, 2018
Last week, the Trump administration issued an executive order calling for new and strengthened work requirements on the nation’s poverty alleviation programs. The order was viewed as a way to promote economic mobility for recipients and accountability for U.S. taxpayer investments. JFF has long supported programs and strategies that prepare low-income individuals for family- supporting careers. It is core to our mission. However, work is a loaded term, especially when it is required in exchange for benefits and services under the nation’s safety net programs. We all agree that good jobs are...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy
Monday April 2, 2018
Today’s job market is tough enough for the average college-educated American, but for someone without highly valued credentials or the necessary skills, it can be especially difficult to find a family-supporting career. As we look ahead, increases in the use of automation, technological advances, and contract-based work are further altering the workforce landscape, presenting even more challenges for America's workers. The changing nature of work is an issue of national significance and one that leaders from city councils to the halls of Congress are taking seriously and seeking out policy...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy
Monday March 5, 2018
What does today, March 5, mean to you? For many, it will be an ordinary Monday of returning to work or school after a weekend well spent with family and friends. But for more than 700,000 young immigrants benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, today is a reminder of the Trump administration's decision to end DACA, of Congress' failed attempt to enact a legislative solution protecting Dreamers' futures, and of the continued uncertainty that threatens all that they know.  Congressional leaders have been unable to rise above their political differences and...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy
Thursday November 30, 2017
Jobs for the Future recently led a group of policymakers on a visit to Eastern Kentucky to see firsthand how that distressed region is focused on regaining economic strength so its livelihood won’t be dependent on a single industry.  The people who have stayed in Eastern Kentucky have done so because they love the area, the culture, and their community, even if they can no longer work in the coal mines, as those jobs barely exist. The number of residents, however, has significantly shrunk. Tens of thousands have left the region to escape the high unemployment, the economic challenges, and...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Future of Work
Wednesday November 15, 2017
At a time when the education and skills of America’s workforce are more important than ever before, it is troubling that the House is considering a tax reform bill, HR 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” that would eliminate critical tax relief for investments in postsecondary education and training. The percentage of U.S. jobs that require postsecondary credentials is expected to reach a new high of 65 percent in 2020. Yet the United States is projected to face shortages of 3 million workers with associate degrees or higher and 5 million workers with technical certificates by that same year (...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy