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


Tuesday July 22, 2014
America’s leaders are intensifying efforts to confront the persistent academic and societal disparities among black and Latino males and other young men of color. President Barack Obama’s transformative and morally just initiative My Brother’s Keeper has gathered leaders from the public and private sectors to build on proven solutions that address problems such as poverty, failing schools, and lack of career options that disproportionately affect millions of boys and young men of color. We at Jobs for the Future commend the President and his partners for shining a light on this population...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Tuesday April 22, 2014
Boy in classroom with his art self portrait
This blog was originally posted by The California Endowment. Fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, America is still vexed by how to move more people up the economic ladder. Among other challenges, our education and job training systems are typically ill-equipped to prepare low-income young people with skills for good jobs or further education. This is largely because education and training institutions cannot effectively teach young people these skills without having ways to mitigate issues associated with their poverty. Unfortunately few do. But more could, if...
Tags: Career Pathways, Competency Education, Credentials, Dropout Recovery, Health Care, Opportunity Youth, Student-Centered Learning
Wednesday February 19, 2014
2014 has ushered in a new era in the world of high school equivalency assessments. These assessments offer an alternative route for students who, for one reason or another, could not complete a high school diploma. And we are not talking small numbers here: nearly 40 million U.S. adults 16 and older lack high school credentials, the bare minimum of entering postsecondary school and/or getting a job. Consequently, a growing number of youth and adults will, in the coming years, go back to school with the hopes of passing a high school equivalency exam. For many years, the General Education...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Tuesday February 4, 2014
MDRC’s recently released report, Beyond the GED: Promising Models for Moving High School Dropouts to College, is timely given the recent launch of a new GED test in states across the country. While much attention has been directed at developing a more up-to-date test, less attention has been directed at the implications of this work for GED programs themselves. Leaders and practitioners operating within a landscape of limited resources, small programs, and even smaller staffs are understandably anxious about whether they will be able to assist their participants to adequately prepare for and...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Monday January 27, 2014
Failing and underresourced schools, neighborhoods beset by street violence, lack of job opportunity, families split apart by addiction—many low-income young people of color face such well-chronicled barriers. Less visible and understood is the persistence and resilience that some of them demonstrate as they struggle in their teens and twenties to transcend those circumstances. Eight such young leaders shared their stories with leaders of community-based collective impact efforts from 21 cities, towns, and reservations. These initiatives are committed to improving education and workforce...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Student-Centered Learning