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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Blog: Pathways to Aspen – The Community Perspective, Part 1

This blog is the third in a series leading up to the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) Fall Convening in Aspen, October 27-29. In this piece, we hear from the Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative about the unique challenges they face in re-engaging Opportunity Youth, the pathways they use to reach the young people in their […]

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 […]

Blog: Pathways to Aspen – The OYIF Youth Leader Perspective

This blog is the first in a series leading up to the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) Fall Convening in Aspen, October 27-29. In this piece, Shawnice Jackson, a non-profit professional and community and youth advocate from Baltimore, MD shares her thoughts on last year’s convening, the impact of making youth leaders central to the […]