Youth Entrepreneurship Fund announces grants to communities seeking to boost enterprise opportunities

The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Youth Entrepreneurship Fund (YEF) grants: Del Norte County and Tribal Lands Opportunity Youth Initiative, Del Norte County, CA (Humboldt Area Foundation, backbone agency); Project U-Turn, Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia Youth Network, backbone agency); and Roadmap to Peace, San Francisco, CA […]

Radical Possibilities: The Power of Youth in the Fight for Social Justice

On May 22nd, the AFCS and the Hyams Foundation hosted a funder roundtable, Radical Possibilities: The Power of Youth in the Fight for Social Justice. The purpose of the roundtable was to share with philanthropic leaders and other participants models of youth-led organizing and exemplars of authentic youth-adult partnerships in the work for social change. […]

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. […]

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 […]

Blog: Pathways to Aspen – Four Takeaways from the OYIF Fall Convening

In our final entry, Steve Patrick, the executive director of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, shares with us his key takeaways from the Fall 2014 OYIF Convening: Friends and Colleagues, This past fall, the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions gathered its Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) grantees, strategic partners, funders, and guests for the Fall […]

All Lives Matter: Improving the Lives of Young Boys and Men of Color

by Monique Miles (Photo Credit: istockphoto.com) In communities across the country, demonstrators have peacefully organized to protest against violence. Protesters have been seeking justice for Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner — among others — in an effort to demonstrate that all lives matter, especially the lives of young Boys and Men of Color […]

Blog: Pathways to Aspen – The Post-Convening Employer Perspective

This blog is the eighth in a series following the Fall 2014 OYIF Convening. We interviewed Blair Taylor, chief community officer and president of Starbucks Foundation, who shared with us his vision for the future of the work in connecting Opportunity Youth to pathways to employment.   Tell us about your role and what you […]

Last Night at the State of the Union

  Dear Aspen Forum Friends & Colleagues, Last night during the State of the Union, President Obama did more than underscore an upturn in our nation’s economic growth; he described a vision for renewed opportunity in America with an emphasis on harnessing the untapped potential of our youth. Because of our politics we do not […]

Blog: Pathways to Aspen – The Post-Convening Implementation Perspective

This blog is the fourth in a series following the Fall 2014 OYIF Convening. We interviewed Terry Grobe, a program director on Jobs for the Future Pathways Through Post-secondary team, who shared with us her experiences from the Convening, and most importantly, how she’s applying what she’s learned to her work. By Terry Grobe, Program […]

Blog: Pathways to Aspen – The Post-Convening Re-Engagement Perspective

This blog is the third in a series following the Fall 2014 OYIF Convening. We interviewed Jansen Azarias, the Executive Director and Founder of Higher Ground a Resource Center, who shared with us his experiences from the Convening, and most importantly, how he is applying what he’s learned to his work in his community. By […]