Call for Papers: The Foundation Review

Themed Issue of The Foundation Review on Place-based Programming Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Volume 7, Issue 3 of The Foundation Review. This issue, co-edited with the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, will be a themed issue on place-based programming. Both local and national funders have initiated efforts to […]

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 […]

Blog: Pathways to Aspen – Melody Barnes and the AFCS Perspective

This blog is the final post in a series leading up to the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) Fall Convening in Aspen, October 27-29. In this installment, Melody Barnes, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions chair and former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, talks about the work of the Forum, the changes she’s seen over […]

Blog: Pathways to Aspen – The Community Perspective, Part 2

This blog is the fourth in a series leading up to the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) Fall Convening in Aspen, October 27-29. In this installment, Employment and Mobility Pathways Linked for Opportunity Youth (EMPLOY) details how they change connect with local employers to change the lives of young people in New Orleans.  A Tale […]

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 […]

Blog: Pathways to Aspen – The Funder Perspective

This blog is the second in a series leading up to the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) Fall Convening in Aspen, October 27-29. In this piece, Chauncy Lennon, Senior Vice President, Workforce Development, Global Philanthropy, at JPMorgan Chase gives his perspective as a funder and emphasizes the importance of closing the skills gap for opportunity youth. At […]

Press Release: Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and Jobs for the Future Receive $6 Million Federal Investment to Create Second Chances for Opportunity Youth

Working with 12 Communities to Reconnect Young People to Education and the Workforce   September 22, 2014, WASHINGTON DC – The Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) announced last week that Jobs for the Future, in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions, received $6 million in funding, the result […]

Melody Barnes: Working Across Sectors Creates More Opportunity for America’s Youth

Just over a year ago, I stood on stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival to announce 21 communities across the country that were selected for inclusion in the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF), an initiative of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions. The Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund awarded grants to fund promising cross-sector collaboration in communities seeking to build successful education […]

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 […]