This brief reports on the first year of a promising effort in Texas to deepen the postsecondary preparation that schools and programs offer. With support from the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) and coaching and technical assistance from JFF, five sites have begun using JFF’s Back on Track: Postsecondary Success model and JFF’s Common Instructional Framework (CIF) to assess and improve upon the strategies they use to prepare participants for a successful transition to postsecondary education, training, and good jobs.
Juan left high school and became homeless. But he has skills and drive and found a Back on Track program to help him prepare for a career in IT. JFF helps employers leverage an untapped workforce of low-income young adults like Juan who can fill their talent gaps.