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

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Monday September 19, 2016
Several months ago, Jobs for the Future hosted Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility, a summit where educators, researchers, funders, and young people shared their strategies for addressing the pressing challenges of mobility and inequity in our country. Even though these problems can sometimes seem intractable, the summit was a “Yes we can!” moment for me. Yes we can change the outcomes for men and boys of color, Arnold Chandler assured us. The Partnership on Moblity from Poverty assured us that poverty can actually be eliminated, and various speakers described the substantial...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth, Summit, Economic Mobility, Equity, Reentry
Wednesday August 10, 2016
I recently read an article in The New York Times by Angela Duckworth entitled Graduating and Looking for Your Passion: Just Be Patient, in which she gives advice to new college graduates. For those who are not familiar with Duckworth’s work, she is an eminent psychologist who has helped to popularize the notion of “grit.” So, not surprisingly, she applies the same concept to the pursuit of a successful career; what’s key in her view is to foster and not to follow one’s passion, keeping in mind that it takes time; it also takes trial and error. This got me thinking about whether or not this...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Wednesday May 25, 2016
City Skyline
By Marty Alvarado and Lucretia Murphy Nineteen-year-old Jadareous Davis was about to graduate from high school and enter adulthood with little family support, outstanding debt, and few prospects for a job that provides a living wage. As the Washington Post story shows, Mississippi students like Jadareous are too often faced with crippling intergenerational poverty simply because of where they live. The Deep South offers the bleakest landscape for its youth, especially for African-American males. Mississippi, specifically, has the lowest median income in the nation and a poverty rate nearly...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Summit, Economic Mobility
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
Monday May 9, 2016
Today, more than ever before, youth voices are pushing agendas for change in education. Young people have some of the most valuable input when it comes to education, postsecondary success, and issues that affect low-income youth. They know that if any significant change is going to take place in the education sector, they have to take an active part in making it come to fruition. Luckily, youth don’t have to organize themselves. Youth-serving advocacy organizations are encouraging the young people to speak up about the issues that affect the way they learn and the way they plan for their...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery