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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Washington Post Editorial on Baltimore’s Public Schools

In a May 7th editorial, the Washington Post identified poor schools as both a consequence and a cause of inequality and argued that improving public schools is a necessary component of efforts to end poverty. Read the editorial.      

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New JFF Report: How Community Organizations Address the Youth Unemployment Crisis

A new report from Jobs for the Future, Opening the Door: How Community Organizations Address the Youth Unemployment Crisis, explores the groundbreaking work of four community-based organizations in California that are helping opportunity youth develop the skills and credentials they need for success. Read the Report.

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Next Call of OYN May 28th

The next call of the Opportunity Youth Network is scheduled for Thursday, May 28th from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST and will focus on homeless youth. Speakers will include Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth, and Gregory Lewis, Executive Director, True Colors Fund (co-founded by Cyndi Lauper). For information on joining the call,Read More

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VOYCE Advancing New State Legislation in Illinois (SB100)

The Just and Fair Schools Fund shared that Voices for Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) student leaders are charging forward in their campaign to pass SB 100, which would create a new Illinois statewide standard for the use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, prohibit use of discipline fines and fees, and prohibit zero-tolerance policies unlessRead More

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Translating the Science of Childhood Stress Into Youth Service Practice

by Allison Hyra and Jessica R. Kendall April 29, 2015 Young people in this country are exposed to violence or traumatic experiences at alarming levels. A 2011 survey funded by the U.S. Department of Justice (which formed the Defending Childhood Initiative) found that most American children have been exposed to violence in their homes, communities or schools. TheRead More

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Member News

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The Hyams Foundation’s New Strategic Framework

The Hyams Foundation trustees recently approved a new strategic direction for the Foundation, and we are very pleased to share an overview of it with you. This new framework builds directly on our grantees’ experiences and accomplishments as well as on Hyams’s own core capacities and role within the local funding community. It also reflectsRead More

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Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Succes

by the Annie E. Casey Foundation May 19, 2015 This KIDS COUNT policy report highlights state data that point to the urgent need to ensure, through sound policies and proven practices, that everything possible is being done to find loving, nurturing and supported families to children in foster care. The report also highlights the promisingRead More

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VOYCE Advancing New State Legislation in Illinois (SB100)

The Just and Fair Schools Fund shared that Voices for Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) student leaders are charging forward in their campaign to pass SB 100, which would create a new Illinois statewide standard for the use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, prohibit use of discipline fines and fees, and prohibit zero-tolerance policies unlessRead More

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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.

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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

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Policy Updates

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ESEA/NCLB Re-Write

Watch the Alliance for Excellent Education’s May 8th Federal Flash for a run-down of negotiations on the Hill.

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ED and DOL Publish Draft WIOA Regulations and Seek Public Comment

On April 16, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor published draft WIOA regulations in the Federal Register. There will now be a 60-day period for public comment ending June 15, 2015. The Departments will analyze all public comments and then issue Final Rules implementing WIOA in early 2016. The draft regulations come in fiveRead More

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CLASP Paper Previews and Summarizes Key Topics in Proposed WIOA Regulations

The Center for Law and Social Policy has issued a new paper, part of their WIOA Game Plan for Low-Income People, that previews and summarizes key priority topics in the proposed WIOA regulations to help state and local policymakers, advocates, and practitioners leverage opportunities.  Among other things, the paper addresses serving out-of-school youth across fundingRead More

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VOYCE Advancing New State Legislation in Illinois (SB100)

The Just and Fair Schools Fund shared that Voices for Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) student leaders are charging forward in their campaign to pass SB 100, which would create a new Illinois statewide standard for the use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, prohibit use of discipline fines and fees, and prohibit zero-tolerance policies unlessRead More

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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.

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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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