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


Monday January 22, 2018
This blog post tackles one of the toughest issues of our time: how to help more Americans complete enough postsecondary education to find a good job and achieve economic stability. That's our passion at Jobs for the Future, and periodically (spoiler alert) we need to get deep into the weeds of our work in order to address the large-scale changes required in our nation's education and workforce systems. Today's topic… pathways. If you are a community college leader looking to improve outcomes for your students, this blog's for you. Specifically, we'll get into: 1. What's the difference...
Wednesday January 17, 2018
While the U.S. economy has certainly improved in recent years, far too many people are still without jobs, and too many employers cannot find the skilled workers they need to remain competitive. To sustain economic growth and spread prosperity to more Americans, it is imperative to ensure that everyone attain the skills and credentials they need for career success. Congress can—and must—help. JFF urges Congress to take five critical policy actions in 2018 to boost economic advancement for all: 1. Protect the Dreamers Since the Trump administration announced its decision to end the Deferred...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy
Tuesday December 5, 2017
On Friday, Representative Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Representative Brett Guthrie, chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development subcommittee, introduced H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act. The bill is designed to update the nation’s major higher education law to help an increasingly diverse student population in the United States prepare for and succeed in today’s economy.  Jobs for the Future is pleased to see Congress begin to take on a...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy, Competency Education
Thursday November 30, 2017
Jobs for the Future recently led a group of policymakers on a visit to Eastern Kentucky to see firsthand how that distressed region is focused on regaining economic strength so its livelihood won’t be dependent on a single industry.  The people who have stayed in Eastern Kentucky have done so because they love the area, the culture, and their community, even if they can no longer work in the coal mines, as those jobs barely exist. The number of residents, however, has significantly shrunk. Tens of thousands have left the region to escape the high unemployment, the economic challenges, and...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Future of Work
Tuesday November 21, 2017
By David Arons, South Brooklyn Community High School and Dantel Proctor, Jobs for the Future South Brooklyn Community High School (SBCHS) occupies a small brick building at an intersection in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn. It may look like your typical high school – but it is not. South Brooklyn is what is known as a “transfer” school—an alternative public high school— that re-engages students ages 16-21 who have dropped out or fallen behind in credits. It is operated by the New York City Department of Education in partnership with Good Shepherd Services, a nonprofit that runs dozens of...