Building Equitable Pathways Webinar Series

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From Policy to Practice: Creating Impact at Scale

Thursday, February 4

2:00-3:00 pm ET

How do you build and scale a statewide system that connects learning with careers, creates pathways to jobs that are high wage and in demand, and is accessible to all young people? How do you move from vision to creation to implementation in order to realize the intended impact? Join this session to hear from the Career Connect Washington team, who are developing such a career connected learning system at scale in Washington state. Maud Daudon, Executive Leader of Career Connect Washington, will share lessons learned from the first year of implementation, including the progress and strategic decisions made along the way as they have scaled their approach across the state. Maud and the Career Connect Washington team will also offer policy recommendations to drive similar work forward nationally.

About the Series

Launched in 2019, the Building Equitable Pathways initiative brought together JFF and seven leading intermediary organizations to support Black and Latinx youth and young people experiencing poverty in exercising self-determination and building rewarding and engaging futures. Together, these organizations committed to testing six hypotheses about how to effectively guide the development of more equitable college and career pathways.

Intermediaries are essential to driving cross-sector collaboration required for building equitable pathways systems and scaling work-based learning. They play a key role in bringing together leaders in K-12 and postsecondary education, industry, and government to forge partnerships, craft strategies and innovative solutions, and source funding to develop truly equitable college and career pathways systems.

Critical to our work is an explicit inquiry about the challenges we face as a field to embed equitable values, policies, and practices at the heart of an intermediary’s work to build pathways systems:

  • How might we ensure that Black and Latinx youth and young people who are experiencing poverty have access to the information, support, and experiences they need to make informed choices for their futures?
  • How might we dramatically increase the number of young people who have the agency, social capital, skills, and credentials needed to thrive in the workforce and in life?
  • What does a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the design, process, and outcomes of education to career pathways look like in policy and practice?

This webinar series is designed to share what we have learned, and provoke a national conversation, with pathways ecosystem stakeholders about what it will take to bring about a true reimagining of how we prepare youth for careers in today’s world. The content of these webinars will be relevant and engaging for intermediary and community-based organizations, K-12 and postsecondary education leaders, employers, governmental and elected officials, and policymakers and advocates.

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Future Episodes

The webinar series will continue through the spring of 2021.

Sign up now to receive updates about the final dates and details for the sessions below.

Episode 4: Building Capacity for the Workforce of the Future

February 19

Featuring the Rush Education and Career Hub (REACH).

Episode 5: Reimagining What it Means for Employers to Engage

Date TBD

Featuring HERE to HERE.

Watch Previous Episodes

Episode 2

Leveraging Data for Equity in a COVID-19 Economy: Next Generation Labor Market Information

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This episode considers new approaches to the use of labor market information (LMI) to ensure equity in the design and outcomes of ​college and career pathways. Pathways developers have come to rely on the best LMI to inform regional pathways. Now, COVID-related unemployment has upended the economy.

In this session, Sara Lamback and Julia di Bonaventura of JFF, Isa Ellis of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Joel Simon of Burning Glass Technologies explore what recession-informed workforce data is, how we make it useful to pathways that are already in place, and where immediate pivots are needed for the future. Looking through an equity lens, we explore the current best thinking and advice experts have for job seekers, especially young people still in school, planning for college, or getting ready to graduate. We also highlight several organizations that are leveraging LMI data in innovative ways to drive career pathways development.

This episode was also part of the It Started at Horizons Web Series.

Episode 1

Intermediary Functions and Features: Leading With and Designing for Equity

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During this session, Amy Loyd and Kyle Hartung introduce and elevate the efforts and learning of leading local-, regional-, and state-level intermediary organizations who were in the first cohort of the Building Equitable Pathways initiative. We explore the core work, functions, and design features of intermediary organizations that are essential to develop, organize, and mobilize stakeholders for equitable college and career pathways in the communities they serve. Additionally, we raise questions about and consider the imperative for intermediaries to design and lead with equity and the critical role they play in transforming systems and outcomes to better meet the needs of Black and Latinx youth and young people who are experiencing poverty.