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

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Tuesday February 13, 2018
First of a series of blogs exploring equity in career and technical education. Career and technical education (CTE) has become the "next best thing" in high school reform. Lately, it's been on the radar of governors, legislators, education commissioners, and business leaders who want to improve the match between what high school graduates know and the skills employers need. Expanding CTE can help them build the talent required to attract new jobs to their regions and create economic opportunity for their citizens. (This blog focuses on federal Perkins-funded high school CTE programs.) The...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Equity
Thursday April 6, 2017
This is the second post of the Future of Work blog series.  Automation—the replacement of human labor with robotics or artificial intelligence—is poised to radically reshape our economy. This process is highly disruptive. Many jobs, even whole industries, may look completely different in the near future. For workers with the resources and information needed to keep up, automation can open up new jobs and increased economic opportunities. But for low-income workers, weathering the storm is going to be much harder. This is in no small part because the systems they rely on for retraining in the...
Tags: Economic Mobility, Employer Engagement, Equity, Future of Work, Labor Market Information
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
Thursday July 7, 2016
By guest
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
Wednesday July 6, 2016
By guest
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