Founded in 1983, Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a nonprofit working to expand the college, career, and life prospects of low-income youth and adults. JFF aims to fix all “leaks” along the education-to-career pipeline and focuses on three core goals: 1) all lower-income young people graduate on a clear path to college completion and career success, 2) all underprepared students gain the skills they need to earn postsecondary credentials with high labor market value, and 3) all lower-skilled workers obtain the education and training required to move into family-supporting careers with clear paths for advancement.
Today, Jobs for the Future serves 90 communities in 25 states, and the organization's programs work with over 40,000 secondary school and older students each year, along with 25,000 postsecondary students and over 10,000 low-skilled workers. In addition, another 80,000 students who are mostly people of color and low-income attend early-college high schools co-developed by the nonprofit. In addition to allowing students to earn college credit, these schools also have a much higher graduation rate (93%) than the national average.
Twenty-seven Education Pioneers Fellows have supported Jobs for the Future's policy and training work. They have:
- Analyzed data on the college persistence of students who graduate from early college high schools and created reports and tools to inform policymakers.
- Developed a report around key trends on student and teacher experiences in partner districts, offering strategic recommendations on how districts can identify obstacles that impact student preparation for college.
- Conducted a policy scan of state policies and funds for adult education to equip JFF with knowledge on older youth’s access, constraints, and success in pursuing postsecondary degrees.
- And more.