JFF expands the capacity of a wide range of clients—including school districts, community colleges, employers, nonprofits, workforce boards, and state agencies—to dramatically improve the career prospects of those struggling to succeed in today’s economy. Our services build on 30 years of experience in designing, implementing, and supporting accelerated pathways that propel at-risk youth and low-skilled adults to enter college and earn postsecondary credentials with immediate labor market value.

Our staff members bring expertise in education, workforce, economic, and community development, and decades of experience partnering with members of the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to enact meaningful reforms. All of our services are led by a senior team from JFF. We provide a unique combination of on-the-ground program creation, recognized state and federal policy advocacy, and extensive partner networks. We offer specific expertise in student engagement, dropout recovery, early college, career pathways, industry-postsecondary partnerships, employer engagement, professional development, peer learning, research, data analysis, knowledge dissemination, and financing strategies.

Some of the most popular strategies we employ to serve clients include:

  1. Program Design and Implementation

    Expert coaching and technical assistance help plan and implement innovative college and career pathways.

  2. Labor Market Information and Training

    Leveraging real-time labor market data boosts effectiveness of education and training programs by aligning them with employer needs.

  3. Learning Networks

    Rich peer-learning opportunities build knowledge of proven and promising pathways for college and career success. Valuable field research documents best practices and lessons learned.

  4. Financing Strategy

    Consultation helps identify and align available funding to support high-quality college and career pathway programs.

  5. Policy Assessment and Alignment

    Specialized coaching and technical assistance help analyze the state policy climate and identify potential changes to support the development of college and career pathways.

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