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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Is a New Window of Opportunity Opening up at U.S. Department of Education?

I nearly jumped out of my chair while reading Ed Week’s transition section this week – Ruth Curran Neild is becoming the director of policy and research at the U.S. Department of Education, a role that includes leading the Institute of Education Sciences. I wondered, could this be a new window of opportunity for usRead More

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IEL Seeks Applicants for Court-Involved Youth Initiative

The Institute for Educational Leadership is accepting applications from organizations to join its Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative (Right Turn). Applicants should be interested in improving their work with court-involved youth through better connections to career information, education, and their community. Participating sites will use the Right Turn Career-Focused model to provide education and training, occupationalRead More

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NYT Op-ed on Attracting Top College Grads to Teaching

In a recent op-ed contributed to the New York Times, Frank Bruni addresses the United States’ shortage of teachers. Noting that enrollment in teacher preparation programs dropped nearly one-third between 2010 and 2014 and that only 40 percent of those who go into teaching remain in the profession longer than five years, Bruni asks howRead More

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AFT and Shanker Institute Host Forum on Public Education in New Orleans

The Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers are sponsoring a September 9th forum on public education in New Orleans as part of a conversation series designed to engender lively and informative discussions on important educational issues. Ten Years After the Deluge: The State of Public Education in New Orleans Wednesday, Sep 09,Read More

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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

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Member News

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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

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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

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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

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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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Top Companies Launch 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to Create Pathways to Economic Opportunity for Young

More than a dozen leading, U.S.-based companies recently announced the formation of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which has the goal of being the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people. The coalition has the collective goal of engaging at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year oldsRead More

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Policy Updates

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September 11th Forum on Creating Local Dedicated Funding for Children and Youth

Policymakers, advocates and community leaders across the country are working to close the opportunity gap that leaves many children behind. It is difficult to see new federal or state dollars in sight. Solutions though, require investment. Join the Forum for Youth Investment, Funding the Next Generation, National AfterSchool Association, National Association for the Education ofRead More

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Third Round Promise Zones Initiative Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Applications

The Promise Zones initiative is a place-based approach in which several federal agencies work with community leaders in high poverty areas to help them access the resources and supports necessary to improve education, economic and public safety outcomes. There are currently 13 Promise Zone Designations. The federal government is now accepting public comments to informRead More

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AFT and Shanker Institute Host Forum on Public Education in New Orleans

The Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers are sponsoring a September 9th forum on public education in New Orleans as part of a conversation series designed to engender lively and informative discussions on important educational issues. Ten Years After the Deluge: The State of Public Education in New Orleans Wednesday, Sep 09,Read More

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Proposed JOBS Act Would Expand Pell Grants for Workforce Training Programs

Recently Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, legislation that would amend the Higher Education Act by expanding Pell Grant eligibility to students enrolled in short-term job training programs. Under current law, Pell Grants –needs-based grants for low-income and working students–can only be appliedRead More

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U.S. Education Department Awards 38 States, D.C., and the Virgin Islands Grants to Help Low-Income Students Take Advanced Placement Tests 

The U.S. Department of Education announced yesterday that it has awarded $28.4 million in Advanced Placement (AP) grants to 38 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands as part of its efforts to boost college-and career readiness for historically underserved students. The grants will help defray the costs of taking advanced placement tests for low-incomeRead More

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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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