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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CLASP Hosts Forum on Investing in Young Men of Color As Community Assets

On July 17, CLASP hosted its annual forum on boys and young men of color in Washington D.C. “Investing in Young Men of Color as Community Assets” featured dynamic leaders from political, community, research, and policy spheres discussing concrete solutions to close the gaps in education, employment, and health outcomes. “You have to have targeted andRead More

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CLASP Releases New Report on Investing in Young Men of Color as Community Assets

Living in resource-poor communities, many young men of color have less access to high-performing and adequately funded schools, opportunities to work, positive youth development experiences, and social capital. However, many young men of color in poor and low-income communities are thriving; their resilience and tenacity, as well as local leadership, positive adult connections, and effectiveRead More

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Forum for Youth Investment Introduces the Bootstraps Storybank Project and Asks If the Key to Success Is As Simple As Working Hard

As part of The Readiness Project, an initiative to ensure that every young person is ready to meet life’s challenges, the Forum for Youth Investment is looking for stories for the new Bootstraps Storybank that challenge the “bootstraps” myth and share what it really means to be ready for college, work and life. The ForumRead More

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Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book Documents State Trends in Child Well-Being

The Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health andRead More

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Dropping Out and Clocking In: A Portrait of Teens Who Leave School Early and Work

Staying in school and graduating from high school is vital to young people’s life chances. Research shows that completing high school not only increases lifetime earnings and the odds of successful experiences with college and career, but also decreases involvement with the criminal justice system (Bailey and Dynarski 2011; Carnevale, Rose, and Cheah 2013; Natsuaki,Read More

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Member News

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Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book Documents State Trends in Child Well-Being

The Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health andRead More

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Top Companies Launch 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to Create Pathways to Economic Opportunity for Young

More than a dozen leading, U.S.-based companies recently announced the formation of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which has the goal of being the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people. The coalition has the collective goal of engaging at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year oldsRead More

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Communities for Just Schools Fund

The Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) is a new national donor collaborative that supports constituency-led organizing efforts to create positive and supportive school climates, which affirm and foster the success of all students.  Building upon the groundbreaking initiatives of the Just and Fair Schools Fund, the Communities for Just Schools Fund is relaunching thatRead More

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Students, Parents and Advocates Recommend Positive Alternatives to School Discipline

Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF) grantee partners, Youth Justice Coalition and Community Organizing for Family Issues, were among the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from over 20 organizations representing 11 states that convened in Washington, DC to share stories of school pushout with legislators and give recommendations for how the reauthorization of the Elementary and SecondaryRead More

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Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative Moves to the Casey Foundation

On July 1st the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative became a unit of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. As part of this transition, the Foundation welcomed Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez as director of the Jim Casey Initiative. With these developments, the Foundation and the Jim Casey Initiative celebrate the next chapter in the nation’s efforts to ensureRead More

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Policy Updates

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Students, Parents and Advocates Recommend Positive Alternatives to School Discipline

Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF) grantee partners, Youth Justice Coalition and Community Organizing for Family Issues, were among the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from over 20 organizations representing 11 states that convened in Washington, DC to share stories of school pushout with legislators and give recommendations for how the reauthorization of the Elementary and SecondaryRead More

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Senate Begins Debate on Every Child Achieves Act

This week likely marked the beginning of the end for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The U.S. Senate began debate on the Every Child Achieves Act, its bill to rewrite NCLB, while the U.S. House of Representatives made plans to take up the Student Success Act, its bill to rewrite NCLB. Watch today’s special editionRead More

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CLASP Hosts Annual Forum on Boys and Men of Color

On July 17, join CLASP for its annual forum on boys and young men of color. Investing in Young Men of Color as Community Assets will feature dynamic thought leaders discussing concrete solutions that can close the gaps in education, employment, and health outcomes for boys and young men of color. Recent events in communities across the nationRead More

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Senate Appropriations Bill Reduces Funding for Critical Education and Training Programs

On June 25, on a party-line vote, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which administer the education and workforce programs that serve low-income people, for fiscal year 2016. The Senate majority bill, much like last week’s House bill, makes majorRead More

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Alliance for Excellent Education Federal Flash on Education Policy

Watch this four minute June 19th Update from the Alliance for Excellent Education to quickly learn what’s happening with the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and federal education spending. 

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YTFG Publications

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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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Connected by 25: High Leverage Strategies to Address America’s Dropout Crisis – A Guide for Funders (2009)

This guide is designed to help foundations identify investment opportunities that will have the greatest value in advancing efforts to increase graduation rates. There are many different approaches to increase the graduation rate, ranging from early learning opportunities to youth employment programs. Although members of YTFG make investments all along this continuum, our collaborative work has been toRead More

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