Sending Parents Back to Class — and Down a Brighter Career Path

Since 2006, Arkansas has used funds from the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to send eligible parents to 25 community and technical colleges across the state. A new evaluation of the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative shows it benefits parents and the state as a whole, enabling more families to move out of poverty.

May 14, 2016

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A New Approach to Preparing Young Adults for Jobs

A key component of the Foundation’s new Generation Work initiative is the use of positive youth development strategies. This post highlights the core principles of such strategies, which actively engage young people in learning and provide them with opportunities, such as on-the-job training or mentoring, that help foster their success.

April 15, 2016

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Collective Impact in Workforce Development: A Working Paper

Perspectives From the Field

This working paper explores the concept of collective impact in the workforce development field — its successes, limitations and potential for benefiting prospective employees and business alike. Drawing from interviews with experts, this report offers several examples of multisector collaboration and recommendations for implementing such strategies for funders, policymakers and organizations focused on employment and training.

March 25, 2016

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Recasting American Apprenticeship

A Summary of the Barriers to Apprenticeship Expansion Research Project

This report presents new research and recommendations aimed at helping businesses recognize apprenticeships as a valuable, viable workforce development strategy. Its companion publication, Recasting Apprenticeship Annotated Bibliography, shares a collection of literature on apprenticeship.

February 24, 2016

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And the Survey Says: Aspen Institute Examines Efforts to Connect Young Adults to Jobs

Nearly 6.7 million young adults are not working or in school, and the young adult unemployment rate hit 12.2% — more than double the national unemployment rate — in June 2015. The consequences of unemployment and underemployment can be long-lasting and include reduced wages, decreased productivity and shortened career ladders.    Recognizing the challenges facing America’s youngest workers, the Foundation commissioned the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative to examine how organizations are helping adults ages 18 to 29 succeed in today’s labor market. The report gathered feedback from nearly 400 individuals at 340 organizations nationwide.

February 24, 2016

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Connecting Young Adults to Employment

Results From a National Survey of Service Providers

This report shares findings from a national survey conducted by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative. It tells how 340 organizations across the country are working to connect young adults with employment. Service providers reveal go-to strategies, common connection roadblocks and job qualities that matter most to America’s youngest workers. Readers will also learn about research opportunities, investment ideas and policy and practice improvements aimed at helping young adults succeed in today’s labor market. 

January 19, 2016

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