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


Wednesday October 3, 2012
“I’ll be the first one attending college from my family. My brothers look up to me and they want to do what I do. Now that I’m attending college, they want to go to college and it makes me happy that they want to because of me.” —Rosa Mendoza, graduate, LA Conservation Corps; college student, Los Angeles Technical College “I want to succeed, I want to exceed—that’s why I want to go to college.” —Daniel Hurtado, student, Coalition for Responsible Community Development Dozens of people gathered at Los Angeles Trade Technical College on Tuesday, September 25, to celebrate programs implementing...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Monday October 1, 2012
Ramean Clowney, an incredible 19-year old from Philadelphia who was formerly disengaged from school, was one of several members of the new National Council of Young Leaders to testify at last month’s Opportunity Nation Summit. He shared that one major reason for his success today is the Philadelphia Youth Network and One Bright Ray Fairhill Community High School—programs that reengage youth and enable them to graduate from both high school and college. Despite a rocky past including school and family challenges, Ramean was able to fulfill his dreams of graduation and is now attending...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Wednesday June 13, 2012
Last week the House Education and the Workforce Committee considered a bill, H.R.4297, the “Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012,” that would dramatically reform the nation’s workforce investment system by consolidating over 20 federal employment and training programs into a single block grant to states and local areas. (The bill was last marked up on June 7.) This bill strengthens the role that employers would play in the design and implementation of the nation’s workforce investment system and encourages the establishment of regionally based workforce areas around which to build...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth
Wednesday April 4, 2012
In a March 2010 article in the Harvard Business Review, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a professor at the Harvard Business School, writes: Progress requires institutional change to reinvent not just products and services, not just organizations and industries, but entire interconnected systems.   As an example of one of those interconnected systems, she points to the Harlem Children’s Zone where a network of not-for-profit organizations are working together and leveraging resources across sectors to improve student outcomes in a 97-block area of Manhattan in New York City. I must say that for those...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth
Monday March 26, 2012
A recent NPR report has raised doubts about the value of a GED as an equivalent of a high school diploma and most importantly its value in the labor market. The report quotes a top lieutenant of the Los Angeles Unified School District saying: "If I were prepared today with a GED, and that's what I had as an 18-year-old, I'd be scared to death of the future." This view on the GED is not entirely new. We do know that study after study has shown GED graduates doing poorly once they transition to postsecondary education. A 2010 ACE report that tracked postsecondary outcomes of GED holders over a...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth