The six hypotheses listed below were created to guide the development of pathways that equitably support all young people, especially youth of color and youth who are experiencing poverty, in building rewarding and fruitful futures.
The Building Equitable Pathways intermediary partners committed to testing the six hypotheses in their work. Though none of the intermediaries fully built out all six hypotheses during the first year of this work, each provides a useful example of how the hypotheses work in the real world.
Click the links below to learn about each hypothesis and read spotlights that illustrate how the Building Equitable Pathways partners took on this work. The spotlights are intended to show theory in action and to support new intermediaries as they tackle the challenge of building equitable pathways that promote young people’s college and career success.
Hypothesis 1: K-12 Partnerships
Strong partnership and alignment with local K-12 schools and districts
Hypothesis 2: Postsecondary Partnerships
Strong partnership and alignment with local postsecondary institutions
Hypothesis 3: Alignment with Labor Market Demands
Articulated paths aligned to local labor market demands
Hypothesis 4: Employer Partnerships
Strong partnership with the local employer community to advance opportunities for work-based learning