Aspen OYIF and 100K Opportunities Initiative Equity Partnerships & Alignment Consultant 2017 Scope of Work

Background The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions (AFCS) and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) was established with initial startup support from over a dozen national and regional foundations in July 2012. Launched in July of 2015, the 100K Opportunities Initiative has rapidly become one of the largest employer-led youth-focused coalitions in the country. The partnership […]

Lessons from the Bronx Opportunity Network on Promoting CBO-Community College Partnerships

Jim Marley, Good Shepherd Services The October 2016 OYIF Convening included an Innovation Design Studio focused on lessons learned from the Bronx Opportunity Network (BON). BON is a collaborative of seven Bronx community-based organizations (CBOs) that have partnered with Bronx Community College and Hostos Community College to support opportunity youth in their transition to and through […]

Post- Convening Blog Series Kick-off Post

  Last month, the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Neighborhood Funders Group convened 100 local, regional, and national funders for Towards a More Resilient Place: Promising Practices in Place-Based Philanthropy. This convening builds on our 2014 Towards a Better Place convening and our 2015 convening with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Is This a Better Place?, all […]

Urban America is Facing Challenges; Youth Employment Could Help Solve Them

 By SHERI BRADY, WILLIAM JAWANDO & MONIQUE MILES Key Points Urban America continues to face social and economic crises, bolstered by historical disenfranchisement and institutional racism. Heeding lessons learned from the 1930s, one solution is to launch a public infrastructure initiative that would offer employment to some of the 5.7 million youth who are looking for […]

Leveraging Community College Innovations for Opportunity Youth: Reflections from Boston

By Kathy Hamilton, Youth Transitions Director, Boston Private Industries Council, and Kristin McSwain, Executive Director, Boston Opportunity Agenda This plenary was a breath of fresh air for those of us who have been active in the Opportunity Youth and College Completion movements. It was so heartening to hear someone center stage at a national conference […]

Leveraging Community College Innovations for Opportunity Youth: Reflections from New Orleans

By Amy Barad, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Cowen Institute, Tulane University The “Postsecondary Pathways: Leveraging Community College Innovations for Opportunity Youth” plenary session came at a critical time. As many community college systems and institutions undergo deep reform, so, too is the work around connecting opportunity youth to sustainable pathways gaining momentum nationally. As the panelists […]

Responding to the Urgency of Now and Building the Momentum for Boys and Men of Color

by Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network During the OYIF 2016 April Convening, I had the chance to join the plenary discussion: ‘Responding to the Urgency of Now and Building the Momentum for Boys and Men of Color,’ and I was reminded of how important our work locally in Philadelphia has been […]

Equity Matters – Video Footage from the Collective Impact Forum Convening

“When I use the term equity, I mean just and fair inclusion into a society where all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. The work of equity is to create the conditions that enable that to happen.” – Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink Last month, over 1,600 viewers from 25 countries and 46 U.S. […]

Opportunity Works Communications Kit

Please note the announcement date is Friday, May 8th 2015. No information should be circulated to the public until May 8th or later. This resource page is aimed at helping sites involved in the SIF-funded initiative of JFF and Aspen, Opportunity Works, to share news about the work they are doing in their community. Please […]