Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund

Back on Track Designs

Reengaging Opportunity Youth

Reengaging youth and young adults who are off track to graduation, or disconnected from both education and work, and putting them on a path to postsecondary credentials.

Lili Allen
Associate Vice President, Reconnection Strategies and Designs
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Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund

Launched in 2012 by the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund is supporting 21 communities in taking a collective impact and community collaboration strategy to build and deepen pathways that achieve better outcomes in education and employment for opportunity youth.  Opportunity youth are defined as young people between the ages of 16 to 24 who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market.

The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund builds on the work and recommendations of the White House Council for Community Solutions.

Jobs for the Future is playing several key roles in the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund:

  • Assisting the 21 communities in the Fund to set strategic targets for pathway development in their communities
  • Implementing a learning community across grantees through cross-site convenings and webinars
  • Supporting a common data framework to track progress and report on key indicators
  • Collaborating in the development of briefs and other written materials on key learnings of the OYIF

The communities in the OYIF are as follows:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Del Norte County, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Greenville, MS
  • Hartford, CT
  • Hopi Reservation, AZ
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York City, NY
  • Oakland, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • South King County, WA
  • Southern Rural Maine
  • Tucson, AZ