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


NGA Releases Report on How Governors Can Advance a Two-Generation Approach to Services for Low-Income Parents and Children

Poverty and long-term unemployment plague Americans of all ages, including parents and their children. The complexity of the issues requires coordinated support for low-income families that goes beyond temporary relief from economic stress and includes mechanisms that help children and adults move out of poverty altogether. Governors are in a unique position to align programsRead More


Community College Partnership’s Instructional Impacts

SRI Releases Results of Six-Year Study of Community College-Employer Collaboration to Improve the Design and Delivery of Workforce Education Programming In the United States, headlines regularly describe the “skills gap” between what employers want and what workers can do. Historically, closing this gap has relied on an informal system of community college workforce educators meetingRead More


Tools for Developing Comprehensive Career Pathways Systems

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released the Revised Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development, highlighting Six Key Elements of Career Pathways that local and state teams need to consider as they develop comprehensive career pathways systems. Download the toolkit, as well as the Enough is Known for Action series of webinars on careerRead More


Child Poverty and Adult Success

One in every five children in the U.S. lives in poverty, but nearly twice as many experience poverty sometime during childhood. The Urban Institute recently released Child Poverty and Adult Success, a report using 40 years of longitudinal data to examine the relationship between childhood poverty and family and neighborhood characteristics and outcomes of youngRead More


When Schooling Meets Policing

With thousands of police officers posted at American high schools, student discipline, even for minor misbehavior and for very young students, can extend beyond school staff to law-enforcement. More than three-fourths, and the majority of large schools have armed security staff, with high poverty schools and schools in which at least half of the childrenRead More

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Member News


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


Annie E. Casey Foundation Awarded Federal SIF Grant for New Initiative to Increase Education and Employment Opportunities for Systems-Involved Youth

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has been awarded a $7.5 million Social Innovation Fund grant for a new five-year initiative to increase employment and educational opportunities for young people ages 14–25,  particularly those who have been involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The total initiative budget is estimated at $24 million, whichRead More


Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Launches Youth Matters Series to Raise Awareness of Opportunities to Improve Outcomes for Young Adults in Fairfield County and Generate Support for Thrive by 25 Initiative

Fairfield County’s 100,000 young people ages 16 to 24 face youth unemployment rates between 13.6% and 49.5%, one of the nation’s most expensive housing markets, and a shortage of living-wage entry jobs. When large numbers of young adults remain dependent on family or relocate for jobs, their futures are shortchanged and their communities decline. WhenRead More


More Kids, More Problems: Atlantic Article Draws on Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book and Brookings Research

A recent article by Ronald Brownstein in the The Atlantic Magazine points out that many of the states with the fastest-growing youth populations are also the ones producing the weakest outcomes for kids. Based on results of the 2015 Kids Count Data Book and recent analysis of youth-population trends by Bill Frey at the BrookingsRead More


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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Policy Updates


Continuing Resolution Passes Congress, Critical Funding Needs Remain Unresolved

from the Center for Law and Social Policy October 1 marks the start of federal Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16), as Congress passed a “Continuing Resolution” (CR) for the first 10 weeks of the fiscal year, acting at the last possible minute to keep the government running until mid-December. Yet this short-term action can’t be counted as anRead More


Investing in Equal Opportunity: What Would it Take to Build the Balance Wheel?

New Policy Brief from National Education Policy Center In a recently released policy brief, Jennnifer King Rice revisits Horace Mann’s vision of education as the balance wheel of society. She describes the current school system with its own inequities, far from the needed counter-balance to the opportunity gaps that arise from poverty, discrimination and otherRead More


Reform Higher Education Act to Address Needs of Low-Income and Nontraditional Students

A majority of postsecondary students are independent and many have spent time working or raising a family between high school and college. With these students in mind, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has updated its policy priorities for reforming the Higher Education Act (HEA) to educate and prepare students for economic success,Read More


ESEA High on the Agenda of Ed Issues as Congress Returns

Back after summer recess, Congress is set to address several education issues, perhaps most important figuring out how to reconcile dueling bills passed by the House and Senate reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Read Lauren Camera’s Education Week run-down of education matters on the Congressional agenda for this fall.


President Obama Announces Plans to Expand Apprenticeships and Build Momentum to Make Community College Free

Earlier this week, President Obama announced new efforts to expand apprenticeships and continue to build momentum nationwide to make community college free for responsible students, including: Grants to provide “earn and learn” training opportunities to 34,000 new apprentices: The Department of Labor is awarding $175 million in American Apprenticeship Grants to 46 public-private partnerships marryingRead 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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