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


Thursday July 30, 2015
Supporting Second Chances
More than 2 million people are incarcerated on any given day in the United States, and over 700,000 former prisoners transition back to their communities every year. We can—and must—do much more to help these young people and adults become productive members of society. The Obama administration’s move to make federal Pell Grants available for some inmates to take college courses is an important step in the right direction. Finding a full-time job after serving time in prison is one of the primary predictors of successful reentry. And while most jobs at a fair living wage require...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth, Reentry
Thursday February 26, 2015
Students at work in a lab
This blog was originally posted on National and Community Service's Official Blog. Like all Social Innovation Fund (SIF) aspirants, my team at Jobs for the Future (JFF) and our partners at the Aspen Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund were thrilled to learn in the summer of 2014 that we would receive an award from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to build pathways to credentials for opportunity youth. We had thought long and hard about applying, knowing—as a prior recipient of Social Innovation Fund resources in 2010 for JFF’s National Fund for Workforce Solutions—how...
Tags: Opportunity Youth
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
Tuesday October 14, 2014
Everyone Graduates Center is reporting that, for the first time in history, the nation has crossed the 80 percent high school graduation rate. The next step in addressing the nation’s dropout problem is to meet the goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020 which many districts are now on pace to do.  This positive trend in graduation rates has come from nearly a decade of effort; the results illustrate how much improvement is possible when there is focused action, backed up by data and resources. Diverse communities and school districts have taken the charge to reduce the...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Monday September 15, 2014
Students working in a kitchen prepping food
It’s encouraging to see some good news emerging on the unemployment front lately. The overall unemployment rate, which peaked at 9.9 percent in April 2010, fell to 6.1 percent in August 2014. But for 16-24 year olds looking for work, the situation remains terrible. The unemployment rate of this segment of young adults was 14.2 percent in July 2014, more than double the rate of the general population. Numbers for young people of color are much worse. Roughly one in four African American youth and almost one in five Latino youth are unemployed. Even more disconcerting, the general consensus is...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth, Workforce Partnership