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Pathways to Prosperity

We are boldly reimagining how U.S. education and workforce systems meet state and regional talent needs and prepare young people for careers.

April 18, 2018

At a Glance

We are boldly reimagining how U.S. education and workforce systems meet state and regional talent needs and prepare young people for careers.

Contributors
Charlotte Cahill Associate Vice President
Kyle Hartung Associate Vice President
Nancy Hoffman Senior Advisor
Courtney Huynh Senior Manager
Practices & Centers Topics

About Pathways to Prosperity

Jobs for the Future’s (JFF) Pathways to Prosperity (PtoP) initiative is leading a national movement to reimagine how we prepare youth for the future of work.

Together with its Network members and Coalition partners, Pathways to Prosperity develops, implements, and scales college and career pathways to expand economic opportunity for all young people and meet regional talent needs. This forward-looking approach depends on strong cross-sector partnerships. PtoP mobilizes K–12 and postsecondary education leaders, policymakers, and employers, bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to build a future that works.

Launched in 2012, PtoP is a collaboration of JFF, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and innovative organizations with leaders, practitioners, and policymakers advancing pathways strategies and systems in their states and regions, including Network members.

Every young person has clear goals for college and career and the support to achieve them.

Every employer has a talent pipeline of young professionals with the skills needed to contribute to and lead the workforce.

Every regional and state economy is thriving and provides its citizens with opportunities for economic advancement.

The American system for preparing young people to lead productive and prosperous lives as adults is clearly badly broken. Failure to aggressively overcome this challenge will surely erode the fabric of our society.

Pathways to Prosperity Report, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2011

Pathways Help Youth Prepare for Success in Their Future Careers

Today, young people need both cross-cutting skills and specialized knowledge to thrive in our rapidly changing economy. Business and industry leaders require fresh talent to innovate and grow. Pathways is a strategy to connect education with careers to meet the needs of youth, educators, and employers and build a more thriving and equitable economy.

Pathways to Prosperity Framework

JFF’s Pathways to Prosperity Framework helps communities design college and career pathways that help young people seamlessly advance from high school, to postsecondary education, and into family-supporting careers. The framework outlines five key levers that are critical to realizing this vision.

The Pathways to Prosperity Network spans the entire United States and includes both regions and entire states. Network members come together around a shared vision for an education system that better prepares young people for their future careers.

Network members include local government officials, leaders in K-12 and higher education, employers, workforce development boards, and community leaders at the state, regional, and city levels. This work requires many organizations to come together to reimagine how our systems work to serve people.

As a member of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, your state or region will work with the JFF team to develop pathways strategies and models that are tailored to your goals, education and workforce systems, and labor market needs.

You will receive professional services and support tailored to your state or regional needs, including the services listed below.

Pathways to Prosperity Coalition Partners

Coalition partners collaborate with JFF on specific projects to advance evidence-based initiatives designed to test, validate, and scale innovative strategies, models, and systems.

Coalition partners engage in activities that support knowledge sharing, relationship building, and research-backed innovation. Engagement opportunities include:

  • “Book clubs” that explore ways to apply and learn from new research and data
  • Twice-annual institutes that convene Coalition partners for two days of shared learning, networking, and discussion
  • Ideation events that elicit practitioner and policymaker voices and perspectives to ensure our collective best thinking is harnessed for our most challenging problems
  • Learning webinars that unpack and explore different angles of the five Pathways to Prosperity levers

If you’re interested in working with us to transform our education systems as a member of the PtoP Coalition, please complete this form so that we can send you our newsletter that features opportunities to engage in Pathways to Prosperity and the national pathways movement.

Our team brings dedication and a wide breadth of relevant expertise, experience, and skills to our work.

Maud A. Abeel

Director

Maud A. Abeel is a director in Solutions Design & Delivery at JFF. She builds systems, partnerships, and policies ensuring all young people can access high-quality career-connected learning and navigation supports. Her skills and areas of expertise…

Jordan Baah-Sackey

Manager

Jordan Baah-Sackey is a manager in Solutions Design & Delivery at JFF. She focuses on implementing change within education systems by engaging high schools, higher education, and cross-sector partners to develop innovative pathways that directly…

Charlotte Cahill

Associate Vice President

Charlotte Cahill is an associate vice president in the Education practice at JFF, where she provides strategic leadership across multiple projects and major initiatives, including Pathways to Prosperity. She collaborates with state and regional leaders…

Julia di Bonaventura

Director

Julia di Bonaventura is a director in Solutions Design & Delivery at JFF. She supports state and regional leaders in K-12, higher education, business and industry, and government in developing and implementing rigorous career pathways leading to…

Leah Eggers

Director

Leah Eggers is a director in Solutions Design & Delivery at JFF. She supports state and regional leaders in K-12, higher education, and workforce development in creating and implementing innovative education and career pathways models…

LaQuesha Foster

Director

LaQuesha Foster is a director in Solutions Design and Delivery at JFF. She works in K-12, higher education, and intermediaries to enhance educational opportunities for students by working with state and regional partners.  Her skills…

Kyle Hartung

Associate Vice President

Kyle Hartung is an associate vice president in the Education practice at JFF. He works with leaders and organizations to design, strengthen, and scale solutions to reimagine the ways in which people experience and move…

Nancy Hoffman

Senior Advisor

Nancy Hoffman is a senior advisor and cofounder of Pathways to Prosperity at JFF. She supports states, regions, and cities in efforts to build or improve pathways from high school to a first marketable postsecondary…

Courtney Huynh

Senior Manager

Courtney Huynh is a senior manager in Solutions Design & Delivery at JFF. She leads strategic, communications, engagement, and operational workstreams across major pathways initiatives, including Pathways to Prosperity and the Texas Regional Pathways Network. …

Sandra Jadotte

Executive Assistant

Sandra Jadotte is an executive assistant in the Education practice at JFF. She provides support to advance the organization’s demand-driven strategies by identifying, cultivating, and engaging sector-based partnerships and bridging the relationship between employers, community-based…

Sarah Jenness

Director

Sarah Jenness is a director in Solutions Design & Delivery at JFF. She supports leaders in K-12, higher education, business and industry, workforce, and government in developing and implementing rigorous pathways that lead to quality…

Tony Landis

Director

Tony Landis is a director in Solutions Design & Delivery at JFF. He supports state and regional leaders in K-12, higher education, career and technical education, and the workforce in developing career pathways and providing…

Jerre Maynor, Jr.  

Senior Director   

Jerre Maynor, Jr., is a senior director in Solutions Design & Delivery at JFF. His experience spans K-12, higher education, and government, and he is passionate about driving systems-level change to increase equitable access to…

Ronesha Jones

Senior Manager

Ronesha Jones is a senior manager in Solutions Design & Deliver at JFF. She provides technical assistance and develops tools and publications to support cross-sector stakeholders in implementing dual enrollment and career pathways.   Her skills…

Anna O'Connor

Senior Director

Anna O’Connor is a senior director in Solutions Design & Delivery at JFF. Her experience spans K-12, higher education, and government, and she is passionate about creating innovative dual enrollment models as a core strategy…

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