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Monday July 11, 2016
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Originally posted at fosterEDU on July 8th. By Lauren Mackie Last week, Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit working to ensure educational and economic opportunity, hosted its first annual summit. Entitled Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility, the summit brought together over 650 educators, employers, funders, policymakers, and researchers in conversation and collaboration on how to push forward the initiatives needed to improve economic mobility. The engagement at the panels and workshops of the summit was exceptional and sought to give all members of the educational ecosystem...
Tags: Summit, Economic Mobility
Thursday July 7, 2016
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Arnold Chandler speaking Summit
Photo of Arnold Chandler presenting at JFF summit By Dr. Bryant Best “Oh…so you work in education, huh?”  She eyed me warily, her Louisiana accent dripping with disapproval. “Um, yes…” I said somewhat timidly as I shifted uncomfortably in my seat on the St. Charles Streetcar. “I’m here for a summit on economic mobility—how we can create opportunities for better education and career outcomes for people in places like New Orleans.” “Oh really? Education? Opportunity? Do you even know what the public school system looks like down here? Do you know what opportunity looks like to our kids here?”...
Tags: Summit, Economic Mobility, Equity
Thursday July 7, 2016
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By Aric Thomas. Originally posted on High School Leadership. Are we pushing students to graduation without the skills needed to allow for positive economic mobility? Is the work being done by companies, community colleges, non-profit agencies, and high schools leading to more people earning credentials and training to allow for their earnings to be positively impacted? Community colleges across the country are designing and supporting students in programs to prepare for jobs and careers with competitive wages. Non-profit agencies, like Goodwill Columbus, support economic mobility by...
Tags: Addressing Employer Needs, Career Pathways, Workforce Partnership, Summit, Economic Mobility
Wednesday July 6, 2016
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Hilary Pennington at JFF Summit
By Cassius Johnson. Originally posted at Forbes.  The chief purpose of our nation’s education and workforce system is to make economic mobility possible for all Americans. While there are many drivers of economic mobility, educational attainment is a considerable contributor. Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Richard Reeves reminded me of this in New Orleans last week during his presentation at the opening session of the Jobs for the Future National Summit on Opportunity and Economic Mobility. The convening was rich in dialogue about how the American systems of education and workforce must...
Tags: Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, Summit, Economic Mobility, Equity
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