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


Webinar Features Program to Help Low-Income Students Succeed in College

The American Youth Policy Forum will be hosting a webinar to learn about CUNY ASAP, a structured degree pathway program for associate degree-seeking students currently found at six community colleges. Key program components include full-time enrollment, block scheduled first-year courses, cohort course taking by major, financial support, intrusive and mandatory advisement, a student-success seminar, careerRead More


Better Preparing African American Students for College

Today more than ever, we know the value of a college education. Unfortunately, not every student can access a quality high school experience that prepares them for postsecondary success. This is especially true for African Americans, many of whom attend the least resourced schools and suffer the worst academic outcomes. CLASP’s new report, College Preparation forRead More


OYN Online Meeting to Focus on NLC’s Reengagement Network

The next online meeting of the Opportunity Youth Network, on March 26, 2015, will focus on the National League of Cities’ Reengagement Network.


New Program Creates Pathway to Credentials and Employment

Ohio Department of Education recently announced a new program that will fund five educational institutions to create a pathway to credentials and employment for 1.1 million young adults age 22 and older who have dropped out of high school. Five educational institutions have been selected to share $2.5 million to develop a new approach toRead More

What is my purpose in life?

Youth Policy with Purpose

What if we woke up one morning and stopped using the phrase youth employment? Would it open our minds to a different way of thinking about how we might support young people? Could we begin to imagine a different type of policy infrastructure to support our young people in 2015 as opposed to one designedRead More

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Member News


KIDS COUNT Promotes Two-Generation Approach to Ending Poverty

Nearly half of the nation’s families with young children struggle to make ends meet. A recent KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for creating opportunity for families by addressing the needs of parents and their children simultaneously. Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach describes a new approach to reducing poverty, which calls forRead More


New Tool from AECF Demonstrates How to Adopt a Race Equity Lens

Advancing race equity and inclusion can seem daunting and often leaves many wondering how and where to start. One way to achieve social change in an organization is to incorporate race equity and inclusion at every stage of work. The seven steps in the Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide produced by the Annie E. CaseyRead More


Lumina Supports Exploration of New Business Models

The Lumina Foundation has a single overarching goal to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates or other credentials to 60% by 2025. In support of this goal, Lumina is committing $700,000 to begin a collaborative exploration of business model redesign with seven innovative non-profit postsecondary institutions. The goal is to explore how theRead More


Andrus Family Fund Accepting Letters of Inquiry

Andrus Family Fund is accepting Letters of Inquiry for the May 2015 grant cycle. Andrus Family Fund supports organizations that work in direct services, policy advocacy, and community organizing to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth ages 16-24.


Pohlad Family Foundation Launches New Program

The Pohlad Family Foundation has launched a new program focused on opportunity youth ages 16-24 and released a concept paper to describe the need in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities Metropolitan Region and the impact they hope their grants will have.

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Policy Updates


Black Girls Matter

The African American Policy Forum’s new report, Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, recommends policies and interventions to address challenges facing girls of color, including revising policies that funnel girls into juvenile supervision facilities; developing programs that identify signs of sexual victimization and assist girls in addressing traumatic experiences; advancing programs that support girls whoRead More


Obama Proposes Two Free Years of Community College

President Obama recently unveiled a new proposal to make two years of community college free for students across the United States. The White House estimates if all 50 states were to implement the President’s proposal, it would benefit roughly 9 million students each year, saving each full-time student $3,800 in tuition per year on average.


New Report Focuses on Opportunities to Improve WIOA Services

The Center for Law and Social Policy’s New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults reviews key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) with a focus on opportunities for improving services to low-income youth and adults under Title I and Title II.


Duncan’s Vision for ESEA Reauthorization

In January, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan outlined his vision for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Read the Secretary’s op-ed in the Washington Post.


CLASP Applauds Two-Generation Strategy for Supporting Low-Income Families

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) hailed the two-generation strategy for supporting low-income families that President Obama outlined in his January 20th State of the Union address as the “right package” at the “right time.” Read the CLASP analysis.

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YTFG Publications


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


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


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


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


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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