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


MPG Work Group Hosts Webinar on Dropout Reengagement Centers

YTFG’s MPG Work Group recently hosted a webinar on The Emergence of Dropout Reengagement Centers and the Role of Funders, which highlighted the recently released Bringing Students Back to the Center: A Resource Guide for Implementing and Enhancing Re-engagement Centers for Out-of-School Youth, as well as re-engagement work in Colorado. Miss the webinar? You canRead More


Funding Gaps 2015 Uncovers Inequities in Student Funding

Education Trust has published Funding Gaps 2015, a study of state education funding that uncovers inequities in student funding, with highest-poverty districts receiving about 10% less per student in state and local funding than lowest-poverty districts. Districts serving the most students of color were found to receive 15% less per student than districts serving theRead More


What If a High School Diploma Guaranteed a Highly Paid Job?

In its recent report, What If a High School Diploma Guaranteed a Highly Paid Job, the Hechinger Report highlights innovative career and technical education strategies in Texas high schools utilizing work-based learning to prepare students for high-wage careers with guaranteed placement after graduation.

April #1 Surviving to Thriving Photo

Surviving to Thriving

Isn’t it just the greatest feeling when the light bulb turns on? Sitting up straighter, ideas clicking into place, the imagination starting to churn out new ideas. That’s what happened to me at the convening of researchers and YTFG members to discuss well-being. I’d been slow to climb onto the well-being framework because I couldn’tRead More


Webinar on Community Collaboration to Re-engage Students

The Millennium Group International and The US Department of Education invite you to a webinar from 12:30 – 2:00 pm EST on April 15th that will focus on essential elements of community partnerships designed to strengthen efforts to effectively re-engage out-of-school youth and create sustainable systems. Representatives from three established sites, Los Angeles CA, OmahaRead More

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Member News


New Video Highlights Ways to Use the KIDS COUNT Data Center

A new video from the Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Center provides state and federal legislators, child advocates, community activists and journalists with vital, customizable information about children and families in their state, county, city, congressional or school district, as well as for the nation.


Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States

The federal government’s official poverty measure, created in the 1960s, fails to illustrate the impact of programs designed to help families succeed. This KIDS COUNT data snapshot highlights the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), which captures the effect of safety-net programs and tax policies on families. By using the SPM, researchers have determined that the childRead More

All lives matter

All Lives Matter: Improving the Lives of Young Boys and Men of Color

Deputy Director of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, Monique Miles, recently moderated the Youth Voice Matters panel at the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. In a recent blogpost, she reflects on the personal stories of the youth participating on the panel, as well as the pressing need for collaborative efforts that centerRead More


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

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Policy Updates


Senate Ed Committee Begins Work on NCLB Rewrite

On April 13th the Senate education committee started working on a bipartisan bill to rewrite NCLB. For a 5-minute video recap of this action and preview of what to expect going forward, see the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Federal Flash video.


States Receive Guidance on Transition to WIOA

The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has released a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) providing guidance to states as they transition from WIA to WIOA. The letter addresses the WIOA requirement that by PY 2015 75% of youth funds must be spent on out-of-school youth activities. Those not able to meetRead More


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Draft Regulations Released

Draft regulations to implement WIOA were posted to the Federal Register website on April 2nd. WIOA is the first update to America’s core workforce training programs since the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) 16 years ago. The draft regulations, which mark an important milestone in WIOA implementation, are composed of five parts, known as Notices ofRead More


Report Examines Coordination of Employment Services Across TANF and WIA

Similarities between TANF and WIA programs have led to interest in coordination and integration of services across these two programs since their inception in the late 1990s; yet it remains unclear how and to what degree the programs are coordinating at the state and local level. This study will be of interest to youth practitionersRead More


U.S. Secretary of Labor Perez Reflects on One Year of MBK

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez recently blogged on the first year of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. My Brother’s Keeper attacks persistent problems of opportunity gaps facing young men of color, says the Secretary, “but not with a Washington-centered approach. Rather, MBK is a grassroots-powered effort based on innovative solutions from cities, counties and tribalRead More

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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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