Building a future that works—for everyone.
Equitable Economic Advancement for All
Millions of people are unfairly shut out of quality jobs and the chance for a better life. To eliminate barriers to economic advancement, we must fix our education and workforce systems to make them more equitable, better connected, and easier to navigate.
Our North Star: In 10 years, 75 million people facing systemic barriers to advancement will work in quality jobs.
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For more than 40 years, Jobs for the Future has partnered with organizations like yours to design solutions, scale best practices, influence policy and action, and invest in innovations.
We aim to create learner and worker opportunity, strengthen education and career navigation, ensure program quality and efficacy, integrate learning and work, and build strong regional economies.
Together, we are reimagining what’s possible—leading public, private, and nonprofit sector changemakers to new ideas, promising innovations, and equitable ways to help millions more people advance.
Degrees of Risk Informational PageFebruary 23, 2024
Presenting a landmark study on Gen Z and employer perceptions of education-to-career pathways. This report offers insights about Gen Z and employer perceptions of education-to-career pathways and barriers to adoption—and how those perceptions are changing.…
Non-Degree Pathways: A DC Insider’s PerspectiveFebruary 21, 2024
A report by JFF and ASA reveals what federal policy influencers think about education-to-career pathways that don’t involve college degrees and recommends policies that would expand postsecondary opportunities for young people. Support for education-to-career pathways…
Design and Implementation of College and Career Pathways in Rural CommunitiesFebruary 20, 2024
College and career pathways are a critical strategy for supporting economic development in rural communities and creating economic advancement opportunities for youth. However, implementing pathways requires recognizing rural communities’ unique needs and opportunities. This report…
The Metaverse: Designed by All, Built for All, Benefiting AllFebruary 14, 2024
The metaverse and XR technologies reshape every aspect of education and work. As metaverse and XR technologies reshape every aspect of education and work, JFFLabs is helping partners across this growing ecosystem ensure everyone benefits…
Success, Redefined: How Nondegree Pathways Empower Youth to Chart Their Own Course to Confidence, Employability, and Financial FreedomFebruary 6, 2024
How nondegree pathways empower young people to chart their own courses to confidence, employability, and financial freedom Today’s young adults want and need a diverse array of education options, including, but not limited to, two-…
Beyond DegreesFebruary 5, 2024
Education to Career Pathways: Students Say Yes, but Are Educators and Parents Willing and Prepared to Help Them Navigate Options? With this paper, we deepen and expand upon our body of research into the public…
July 22-23, 2024 – Washington, DC
Join leading thinkers and innovators at our premier national summit, where we explore without limits to find innovative practices and scalable solutions to transform our education and workforce systems.
March 4 – March 16, 2024, Austin, TX
We’re excited to head back to SXSWEDU 2024 in Austin, and this year, we’re expanding to SXSW! Thought leaders across Jobs for the Future’s (JFF) centers and practices have applied to present at both EDU and Interactive this year with partners including Kapor Capital, IBM, Best Buy, Chevron, Brown Girl Green, Deloitte, Walmart, Black Girl Environmentalist, Whiteboard Advisors and more.