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


Thursday August 28, 2014
Originally posted as part of the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy's blog on August 19th.  In this blog, JFF Program Director Gloria Mwase, reflects on the expansion and integration of adult education across the country, and the continued need for federal support to promote the success of integrated pathways. To learn about other innovative pathways initiatives like this, join us at Bridging the Gap: Postsecondary Pathways for Underprepared Learners. The conference is April 8-9, 2015 in New Orleans.  The last few years have been an exciting time in adult education, as prior efforts...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education, Literacy
Wednesday September 12, 2012
Adult Literacy: Making the Connection
This week is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. JFF applauds its organizer, the National Coalition for Literacy, for drawing the connection between adult literacy and economic stability. We too are committed to helping adults gain the education they need to achieve financial independence and support their families and are staunch advocates at the state and federal level for investing in programs and policies that promote adult literacy. For many low-skilled adults, literacy training is most effective when it is made relevant to their needs and interests. Through a variety of...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Career Pathways, Credentials, Literacy
Thursday September 6, 2012
By guest
As a participant in this year’s Black Male Summit at the U.S. Department of Education, I was impressed by the wide range of perspectives offered to structure and protect equitable academic and social pathways for African-American males in the United States. I was also impressed by the tone of the conversation. The focus on African-American males moved beyond the ongoing crisis narrative to solutions. The young males who participated in the conference brought truth-to-power as they reflected on their educational experiences and the voicelessness and invisibility they experience in schools and...
Tags: Literacy
Wednesday April 25, 2012
Students at the Center
Alfred Tatum, author of a paper entitled Literacy Practices for African-American Male Adolescents, begins with two heartbreaking quotes from young black males he spoke with: “All my grades are bad and nobody can help me,” said one. “I am a lost soul,” said the other. While Tatum gives credit to this decade’s research advances both in adolescent literacy and in understanding conditions supporting African-American male achievement, he argues that “most school literacy practices continue to miss the mark and suffer from an underestimation of the depths of student needs.” The result: Far too...
Tags: Literacy, Student-Centered Learning