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

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 […]

21st Century Civic Infastucture: Under Construction

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions commissioned Jill Blair and Malka Kopell to write a paper in an effort to understand how we can best employ 21st century capacity, technology and resources to advance equity and enable those who have historically been on the margins of society to be more fully at its center.  This report […]

Towards a Better Place: A Conversation about Promising Practice in Place-Based Philanthropy

In response to a resurgence of interest in place-based grantmaking, the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and Neighborhood Funders Group convened over 100 funders and leaders from the field in September 2014 for Towards a Better Place: A Conversation about Promising Practice in Place-Based Philanthropy. This conference report provides an overview of the discussions that […]

Press Release: Aspen Institute Convening Explores Educational and Employment Opportunities for Opportunity Youth

ASPEN, Colo., Oct. 27, 2014 — The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions (AFCS) kicked off its second annual Fall Convening for the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) today, gathering grantees, strategic partners, funders and guests to share emerging lessons and strategies in reconnecting opportunity youth to education and employment through collective impact. Opportunity Youth are […]

Notice of Funding Opportunity from OYIF and Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future (JFF), in partnership with the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF), will release a Request for Proposals in late October inviting communities using a collective impact approach to improve outcomes for opportunity youth– defined as 16-24 year old out-of-school, out-of-work young adults (with or without high […]

JPMorgan to Unveil $250 Million Job Skills Initiative

JPMorgan Chase has announced a five-year, $250 million initiative to bolster workforce readiness by closing the skills gap in major urban areas in the United States and Europe. Through research and data analysis, public-private partnerships, and engagement with local communities, the New Skills at Work initiative will address the shortage of trained workers who have […]

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions Announces New Partnership With JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions is pleased to announce a flagship corporate partnership with JP Morgan Chase. JP Morgan Chase has committed $5 million over five years to the Aspen Forum’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund as a part of JP Morgan Chase’s New Skills at Work Initiative. Through this partnership the Aspen Forum and […]