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


Creating a Quagmire

The more I read about non-academic skills, the more I think we are creating our very own quagmire. Certainly, everyone had the best interests of helping prepare young people when they developed SCANS, 21st century skills, college and career ready skills, social-emotional skills, character education, habits of learning, and youth development outcomes. (There are aRead More

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Educational Well-Being

I’ve been struggling. Usually, I can see quick connections, points of tension, and possibilities in looking at any set of new ideas. They might not be accurate or meaningful, but I can usually generate a list of implications for any new idea or set of ideas. However, trying to think about the Well-Being Framework fromRead More


New Issue Brief on Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning

In May 2014, CompetencyWorks brought together twenty-three technical assistance providers to examine their catalytic role in implementing next generation learning models, share each other’s knowledge and expertise about blended learning and competency education, and discuss next steps to move the field forward with a focus on equity and quality. The objective of the convening wasRead More

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Education Research Alliance for New Orleans Releases Study on What Families Want in Schools

Policymakers have been trying for decades to improve schools through market-based policies. While these have met with mixed results, no city had ever adopted a comprehensive market school system until New Orleans did in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Attendance zones were eliminated, parents were given the opportunity to choose among essentially all publicly fundedRead More


MDRC Releases New Report, Three-Year Effects of CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for Developmental Education Students

Three-Year Effects of CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for Developmental Education Students presents results from a random assignment evaluation of the ASAP program at three CUNY community colleges. Key findings include: 1) on average, program students earned 9 credits more per year than control group students; 2) 40% of program group students received aRead More

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Member News


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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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


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

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Policy Updates


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


Alliance for Excellent Education’s Federal Flash Considers the Status of the Rewrite of NCLB

Last week, Republicans pulled a bill to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act from the floor of the House when they didn’t have the votes to pass it. What’s next for that bill? And what’s going on in the U.S. Senate? Watch the Alliance for Excellent Education’s March 6th Five Minute Federal Flash to findRead More

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President’s Domestic Policy Council Releases Report on Impact of H.R.5

The President’s Domestic Policy Council has released a report addressing education cuts and other impacts of H.R.5 ( The Student Success Act), the current Republican plan to cut education investments.


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

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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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