CHANGEMAKERS: LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL LEADERS
Converting at-risk populations into local assets
With a quarter of Americans either un-employed or under-employed, and many employers scouring for talent, there is a decisive role for you to integrate working learners into the productive economy as quickly as possible, while establishing their foundation for taking on greater skills and higher wages.
CONSIDER a public service campaign:
help your most vulnerable constituents avoid the pitfalls of predatory lenders selling for-profit educational institutions with minimal standards and poor results. The latest data confirm that "non-traditional students" are the single biggest determinant in the growth in borrowing and suffer the highest default rates on student loans.
help poor, over-subscribed students redirect their focus to learn and earn opportunities so they can acquire new, marketable skills, secure jobs, and pay as they go through their modular education.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
New America Ed Central uses original research and policy analysis to solve the nation’s critical education problems, serving as a trusted source of objective analysis and innovative ideas for policymakers, educators, and the public at large.
As interest and investment soars in career and technical education (CTE) the contemporary term for vocational training, policymakers and education leaders push for a more relevant, more effective approach.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.
To address ongoing under-representation of females, minorities and low-income Americans in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) fields, There are hundreds of organizations offering guidance, mentorship, coursework, team-based competitions, scholarships and grants to engage new entrants into STEM fields and to advance careers of those already in STEM jobs.
Looking for low cost and high impact ways to generate career awareness among youth? Junior Achievement is the largest after-school program designed to do so, dispatching trained adult volunteer mentors to schools across the country where they foster career readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills.
This year, JA mentors worked with 4.6 million American students in more 200,000-plus classrooms.
JA’s Capstone initiatives provide teens with the tools to create business plans, budgets, marketing, sales and more to position young entrepreneurs in the marketplace.
Ascend at The Aspen Institute is committed to creating opportunities for both children and parents to move up the economic ladder together, sustaining a legacy of economic security and educational success across generations. Ascend believes children and their parents can achieve their dreams together.
Learning While Earning: The New Normal finds that over the last 25 years, more than 70 percent of college students have been working while enrolled. These 14 million college students face the challenge of balancing work, school and other life priorities. The report explores these working learners and finds that students can’t work their way through college anymore to offset debt. It also identifies several policy changes that stand to help these students succeed.
Innovative and replicable ways that manufacturers can prepare a new generation of young talent and redeploy seasoned workers for a stronger and smarter manufacturing future.