New Funding Opportunity for Organizations Serving Youth and Young Adults through Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) Initiative

Request for Proposals for New Student Success Centers

Hillary's Advice at Play in the Field: DesignForScale

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s brutally frank conversation with Black Lives Matter activists during an August 11th campaign stop in New Hampshire captured several realities of the policy development process. Clinton’s assertions are instructive for anyone trying to change policy, but they are particularly relevant for those of us focused on dramatically improving economic mobility and equity through community college policy reform.  

Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom

Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom

This post is by Rebecca E. Wolfe, director of Students at the Center at Jobs for the Future, and Sarah Hatton, program manager at Jobs for the Future.

Originally posted on Education Week's blog on August 13, 2015.

High School Students Gain Hands-on Experience in Manufacturing

Students at Hamblen County Schools

Summer can be one of the most transformational times of the year for high school students. This became evident after I traveled to Morristown, Tennessee, to see a group of high school students present their summer internship experiences at the Alcoa Howmet manufacturing facility. Alcoa Howmet is one of the world’s largest manufacturers for the aerospace industry, specializing in making ceramic cores used in aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. 

Leveraging Networks to Increase Completion

To reach the ambitious education attainment goals established by President Obama and a host of philanthropic organizations, higher education will need to use all of the tools in the completion toolkit, invent some new ones, and repurpose some of the old and faithful ones to amplify and expand on what they have been able to accomplish historically.

100,000 Opportunities: JFF Joins Employer-Led Efforts to Employ Opportunity Youth

While employment rates in the U.S. are improving, young people seeking to enter the workforce continue to be disproportionately unemployed. Jobs for the Future is honored to join forces with the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and a powerful coalition of leading companies to work toward expanding economic mobility for young adults in order to create better futures for them that will benefit us all.

Supporting Second Chances: 3 Priorities to Ease Prisoner Reentry

Supporting Second Chances

More than 2 million people are incarcerated on any given day in the United States, and over 700,000 former prisoners transition back to their communities every year. We can—and must—do much more to help these young people and adults become productive members of society.

Massachusetts Needs Aggressive Policies to Promote Early Colleges

The Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy’s recent report, Early College Designs: Achieving College- and Career-Readiness for all Massachusetts Students, profiles three Massachusetts school-college collaboratives, elaborating on the components of their programs and analyzing the costs. The brief makes a strong case that more early college high schools would greatly benefit the students of Massachusetts, as they have benefited the young people of 30 other states.

Personalized Learning is Especially Good for Students of Color

Q&A with Rebecca Wolfe, personalized learning's biggest advocate

By Nick Chiles

What would schools look like if they were designed around the needs of students?

That’s the question that drives the work of Rebecca Wolfe, director of the Massachusetts-based Students at the Center project, part of the nonprofit Jobs For the Future.