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To become a true agent for change, you need to articulate key messages to a wide variety of stakeholders.  But just knowing the messages is not enough. You must be able to reach the right audiences that can impact change. Learn how to reach both internal (faculty, students, administrators) and external (policymakers, business leaders, media) audiences with your specific messages and share your own experiences about what has worked, and what hasn’t.

Jobs for the Future
Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future works with districts, states, national youth-serving networks, intermediaries, and community colleges to reengage youth who are off track to graduation or out of school and put them on a path to postsecondary success. 

In serving this population, Back on Track was developed to reengage off-track and out-of-school youth by creating clear pathways into and through postsecondary credentials. We develop and scale these designs with districts, states, national youth-serving networks, intermediaries and community colleges.

To assist its partners in this work, JFF offers a comprehensive range of services, tools, and resources.

Jobs for the Future
Jobs for the Future

This is a benchmarking and implementation progress guide for Accelerating Opportunity states. The Accelerating Opportunity coaches will use it with state implementation teams to first set a baseline measure of where the state is in relation to the nine elements described below, and then to track progress. As coaches, we will use this matrix to monitor states’ progress toward Accelerating Opportunity outcomes, with a particular focus on these nine elements:

  • Building Integrated Pathways
  • Scale & Sustainability
  • Culture Shift
  • Comprehensive Student Supports
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Professional Development
  • State TA to Colleges
  • Policy
  • Leadership and Staff Commitment
Jobs for the Future

This concept paper provides an overview of the Accelerating Opportunity initiative, including the structure of the initiative, its theory of change, its policy framework, and plans for evaluation.

Rachel Pleasants
Jobs for the Future

This paper discusses the importance of effective training and workforce development programs as part of a broader strategy to increase the competitiveness of American workers. Although rapid technological change and increasing global competition have delivered great economic benefits to the U.S. economy overall, the development of new and more productive industries has caused some Americans to experience significant declines in their earnings and job prospects; the Great Recession exacerbated these longer-term trends. Workers with less education and those who have been displaced from long-tenured jobs face particular challenges, and effective job training programs are an important component of policies to help these workers.

The Hamilton Project proposes two general principles that can guide policy-makers in improving training programs to aid American workers:

1) Training funds should be directed to programs with a track record of success in improving earnings for the specific target population and to those workers who can benefit the most from those programs; and

2) Training programs should directly engage employer and industry partners, or actively guide students to career-specific training.



Michael Greenstone, Adam Looney
The Brookings Institute

Tuesday, August 30th, 3:00 PM EDT

The Douglas Gould & Company team presented how to identity the core components of a strategic communications framework. This webinar was designed to prepare grantees to create realistic, effective plans as part of their implementation proposals. Core components discussed included:

  • Clarifying goals
  • Localizing key messages
  • Mapping target audiences
  • Outreach and engagement tactics
  • How to create a timetable for action
  • How to budget for costs
  • How to evaluate progress

Jennifer Hahn, Douglas Gould & Company
Nathan Boltseridge, Douglas Gould & Company

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Jennifer Hahn, Nathan Boltseridge
Douglas Gould & Company

Guide for low-income adults enrolling in college or other postsecondary training on public benefit options that may be available.

Deborah Harris, Staff Attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and Ruth J. Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy
Crittenton Women’s Union

The Basic Needs Budget Calculator shows how much it takes for families to afford minimum daily necessities. It also allows you to create customized results by changing assumptions about basic family expenses.

National Center for Children in Poverty
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

This policy brief examines the issues associated with creating, improving and connecting state postsecondary, adult education and skills development data systems. It also identifies barriers states may encounter and overcome, profiles model state systems, and makes policy recommendations to help state advocates build or improve their state data systems.

Jennifer Philips
Working Poor Families Project

Drawing on recent research and practice, this article recommends that states consider reforming basic skills services (e.g. developmental and adult basic education) to improve college and career success. It highlights various state reform strategies, including Shifting Gears in Illinois.

Julie Strawn
Center for Law and Social Policy