The Multiple Pathways to Graduation Work Group seeks to improve education and employment outcomes for opportunity youth by providing a platform for information sharing, professional development, and coordinated investments among local, regional, and national funders. Current work is focused on identifying and advocating for effective programming and policies to provide pathways for vulnerable youth to achieve high school graduation and postsecondary success.


From the Field

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Los Angeles Mayor Confers Diplomas Upon 28 Graduates at Ceremony for the First Public Library in the United States to Offer Career Online High School

The Los Angeles Public Library celebrated its first class of graduates from Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School’s (COHS) this week. The online high school program, offered onsite at the library, is part of Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district. A graduation ceremony was held Tuesday atRead More

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My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and Opportunity Youth Network Sponsor Feb. 18th Webinar with Youth Leaders

Opportunity Youth, young people who are disconnected from education and employment, have unique experiences and perspectives that can provide unparalleled value to companies, government, and nonprofits. Likewise, any efforts to support young men of color should include and even be led by Opportunity Youth. Join this webinar to hear from powerful young people who areRead More

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Using Data Analytics to Deliver Better Outcomes for Youth

What can communities do to help vulnerable youth get the critical services they need to succeed in school, work, and life? “Connect the Dots: How Analytics Can Reveal a Big-Picture View of At-Risk Youth, and the Service Mix that Can Help Them,” a recent article by Gary Glickman of Accenture and Elizabeth Gaines of theRead More

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YTFG Co-sponsors Reengagement Plus! Convening in Dubuque March 16-18

Funders are invited to Reengagement Plus! — the preeminent annual gathering for leaders, supporters, partners, and staff of the growing network of programs and citywide collaboratives focused on students who have left school before graduating. The 2016 convening will provide extensive opportunities for peer sharing, benchmarking, and problem solving via a participant-led, discussion session format.Read More

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CCRS & AYPF Host Feb 10 Webinar on Career Pathways

In order to ensure all students are adequately prepared for success in college and careers, states and districts across the country are working to provide multiple educational pathways to better meet the needs of students, employers, and the economy.  In recent years, states and districts have been working to build career pathways to provide studentsRead More

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Member News

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KIDS COUNT Data Center Moves Race-Related Statistics Center Stage

Users of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center can now Search by Characteristic when sifting through data and hunting for trends on child and family well-being. This change means the data center instantly and seamlessly connects visitors to state- and national-level statistics in three areas: age, family nativity, and race and ethnicity.Read More

Investing in Well-Being

Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice

This publication explores the important role and responsibility of each youth-serving system in supporting well-being for youth and young adults and presents a new framework for well-being for young people, highlighting the various domains of well-being and the role of families, communities, and public systems in supporting well-being. It also includes a series of concrete and actionableRead More

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Show More than a Million Disconnected U.S. Teens

In America, 1.3 million youth ages 16 to 19 were disconnected from both work and school in 2014, show new data from KIDS COUNT. This figure represents a disconnection rate of 7% — and marks the statistic’s return to pre-recession levels. Teens who leave school and do not enter the workforce are more likely toRead More

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Nov. 16th Conference Call Hosted by YTFG

Annie E. Casey Foundation’s LEAP Initiative: Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for Vulnerable Young People The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently announced a new Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) Initiative (funded in part by a recent $7.5 million grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund).  The LEAP Initiative is intended to increase employment and educationRead More

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New Casey Initiatives Focus on Education and Employment for Young Americans

Millions of America’s young people are struggling to find jobs — and to get the education and training necessary to keep them. Recognizing this, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has launched two initiatives focused on ensuring youth and young adults have access to educational and employment opportunities that will enable them to become successful adults. TheseRead More

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Policy Updates

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ESSA Timelines and Implementation

In December President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bipartisan legislation that rewrites the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Now that ESSA is law, when does it go into effect? And what will happen with NCLB and NCLB waivers? Watch the AllianceRead More

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Yeah Boo

Yeah boo is a phrase frequently used in our family. It captures the nature of life—the ups and downs, the births and deaths. I also think it effectively captures our efforts related to the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind. And when I say “our work,” I mean the work ofRead More

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President Obama signs Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

On December 10th, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Now that ESSA is law, when does it go into effect? And what happens with NCLB and NCLB waivers? Watch the Alliance forRead More

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House Passes Every Student Succeeds Act

On December 2nd, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), legislation to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). View today’s special edition of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Federal Flash to learn about key differences between ESSARead More

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The New ESEA in a Single Table

It looks like both the House and the Senate might vote on a new ESEA reauthorization bill by mid-December and the President might sign the law before the end of the year. Michael J. Petrilli of the Thomas Fordham Institute has created a handy table that summarizes the compromise.

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YTFG Publications

Investing in Well-Being

Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice

This publication explores the important role and responsibility of each youth-serving system in supporting well-being for youth and young adults and presents a new framework for well-being for young people, highlighting the various domains of well-being and the role of families, communities, and public systems in supporting well-being. It also includes a series of concrete and actionableRead More

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Small Foundations, Big Wins: A Guide to Making Smart Choices About Grantmaking for Vulnerable Youth (2013)

This guide gives leaders of small foundations tried-and-true tools for building a strategic and effective grantmaking program. It also contains tips and examples to help you consider ways to leverage your investments. Download Publication

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Eduployment: Creating Opportunity Policies for America’s Youth (2013)

This publication calls for “eduployment” to become our shared framework so that we equally value learning and work in the transition to adulthood.   This brief highlights the need to create a multi-sector infrastructure that refuses to let go of young people and to craft powerful opportunity policies that are proportional to the size of the crisis so thatRead More

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Talking About Youth Transitions

Talking About Youth Transitions provides concrete tools to help you communicate about youth–transition issues in an effective and inclusive way.  This brief was produced by Fenton Communications at the request of YTFG. Different states and organizations will have different policy agendas based on where they are and the different opportunities available in those states. By using common languageRead More

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Connected by 25: Effective Policy Solutions for Vulnerable Youth (2010)

In an effort to strengthen philanthropic investments among its membership, the Youth Transition Funders Group (YTF G) asked a group of policy experts to provide recommendations on how foundations can work to encourage effective policy solutions on issues affecting youth in transition to adulthood. 1  The primary challenge was to think beyond the systemic silos that so deeplyRead More

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