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VOYCE Advancing New State Legislation in Illinois (SB100)

SEE UPDATE: Groundbreaking Bill to Address “School-to-Prison Pipeline” Passes Illinois Legislature 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 useRead More


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.


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


Andrus Family Fund Accepting Letters of Inquiry

Andrus Family Fund is accepting Letters of Inquiry for the May 2015 grant cycle. Andrus Family Fund supports organizations that work in direct services, policy advocacy, and community organizing to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth ages 16-24.


Pohlad Family Foundation Launches New Program

The Pohlad Family Foundation has launched a new program focused on opportunity youth ages 16-24 and released a concept paper to describe the need in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities Metropolitan Region and the impact they hope their grants will have.

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Highlights of the Multiple Pathways Work Group Meeting

Continuing to highlight the conversations, topics, and site visits from the Youth Transition Funders Group Meeting (see the YTFG Action Group and the Youth Justice Work Group for more information), below are the highlights of the Multiple Pathways to Graduation Work Group. (FYI, the MPG Work Group focuses on ensuring that students graduate from highRead More

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