The Economic Well-Being 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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Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness

A New York Times article highlights new research showing just how pervasive the problem of homelessness is for many college students. Last month, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, released a study that surveyed students at 70 community colleges in 24 states. It found that 14 percent were homeless. Those findings build on aRead More


New Tools to Help End Homelessness

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a set of materials designed for stakeholders to used directly and engage essential local partners in efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. The three new resources discuss system planning, mainstream system collaboration, and promising programs, al with a focus on engaging key partners locallyRead More

Bob Rath

Committed to Continuous Improvement: An Interview with Bob Rath

Bob Rath’s career was launched in the youth field when he was still a youth. While in college, he got involved with a FIPSE-funded program with street academies to see if young people in alternative high schools would be interested in and succeed in alternative college. A stint working in community corrections drove him backRead More


Third Sector Announces Five Awardees As Part of National Pay for Success Competition Focused on Youth Workforce Development

Awardees will receive technical assistance to develop national models for Pay for Performance contracting in the area of youth workforce development. Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. (Third Sector), a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund’s Pay for Success program, recently announced the selection of five awardees to receive federally funded technical assistance to assess theRead More

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Inspired by Kara Bobroff

Open space. Throughout my interview with Kara Bobroff, founder of the Native American Community Academy (NACA) and the NACA Inspired Schools Network, I kept encountering open space. I would ask a follow-up question to a point she had made and then, instead of clarifying, she would pause and carve out an adjacent point, causing meRead More

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Member News

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Juvenile Justice and Workforce Development Leaders Plot Path to Better Collaboration

On Wednesday, March 29, the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) and Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) convened a dozen workforce-development and juvenile-justice leaders in Washington, D.C., for a dialogue to break down misconceptions and identify new avenues for collaboration between the systems. Despite many sets of recommendations over the years, justice-involved youth still are notRead More


2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years and offers recommendations for how policymakers can ensure all children are prepared for the future, based on the country’s shared values of opportunity, responsibility and security.


A Double Bottom Line Investment for Companies: Giving Young People Their First Jobs

A recent blog co-authored by Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck and Secretary of Education, John King discusses the business value of hiring opportunity youth and how youth in the Gap Inc. internship program, This Way Ahead, make a significant contribution to the company’s bottom line: their retention rate is double that of their peers, andRead More


David McGhee of the Skillman Foundation Questions Democratic Presidential Candidates at March 6th Debate in Flint

Earlier this week Flint resident and Skillman Foundation Program Officer David McGhee asked the Democratic Presidential hopefuls about the Flint water crisis and their ability to understand cultures other than their own. “What experiences have you had that have helped you understand the mindset and values of another culture?” McGhee joined Skillman in 2014 asRead More

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Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Center Reports Children of Color More Likely to Be Removed by Schools

Black and American Indian kids are more likely — and in some instances much more likely — to be suspended and expelled from public school compared to their white, Latino and Asian classmates, reports the KIDS COUNT Data Center. Students who are removed from school can quickly fall behind and struggle academically when and ifRead More

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Policy Updates


AYPF Blog Post Explores Ways ESSA Promotes Diversity in Pursuit of Educational Equity

As part of AYPF’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) blog series, Jenna Tomaselio explores how ESSA promotes, or falls short in promoting, school diversity in pursuit of education equity:  “When President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last December, it was viewed as a substantial victory in education policy. My colleagues have pointedRead More


Federal Funding Advisory: Summer Jobs and Beyond Program to Link Youth Employment, Schools, Reengagement Centers, Employers and Other Partners to Align Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration recently announced Sumer Jobs and Beyond: Career Pathways for Youth (CPY), a program intended to provide employment‐related services to eligible youth who are new entrants to the workforce, including those with limited current or past work experience. The program will provide youth with work experience opportunities,Read More


White House Announces New Summer Opportunity Project

Today the White House announced the new Summer Opportunity Project to connect more young people, especially those who are out of school and work, to their first jobs. This announcement builds on the President’s call for a national investment of $6 billion in new funding to help more than 1 million young people gain theRead More


ESSA Timelines and Implementation

In December President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bipartisan legislation that rewrites the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Now that ESSA is law, when does it go into effect? And what will happen with NCLB and NCLB waivers? Watch the AllianceRead More

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Yeah Boo

Yeah boo is a phrase frequently used in our family. It captures the nature of life—the ups and downs, the births and deaths. I also think it effectively captures our efforts related to the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind. And when I say “our work,” I mean the work ofRead More

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YTFG Publications

Investing in Well-Being

Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice

This publication explores the important role and responsibility of each youth-serving system in supporting well-being for youth and young adults and presents a new framework for well-being for young people, highlighting the various domains of well-being and the role of families, communities, and public systems in supporting well-being. It also includes a series of concrete and actionableRead More


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

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