JFF Pathways to Prosperity Network Membership Pathways to Prosperity Initiative and Arizona Pathways Network

Project: Research project

Description

Funding from this grant will be used to fulfill Arizonas responsibilities as a member partner state of the national Pathways to Prosperity Network (an initiative of Jobs for the Future and the Harvard Graduate School of Education) including Arizonas membership fee; to support the associated activities involved in advancing the Pathways to Prosperity work in Arizona; and to identify and catalyze action around additional opportunities to build and strengthen pathways in Arizona to better serve students in reaching their educational and career goals.

The Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) will be the host organization for this work with Arizona State University serving as the fiscal agent. In the second year of the grant, CFA will consult with a core leadership team comprised of representatives from the Governors Offices of Education and Workforce, higher education, K-12, the business community and others as needed to advance the scope of work outlined below. CFA will continue to seek and leverage additional funding from the philanthropic community to support the work in future years and will call upon the core leadership group and others for assistance in doing so.

The scope of work described below elaborates on the three areas of focus of the initiative:

1) Grant funds will enable Arizona to pay its fee for the second year of a planned three-year commitment as a member of the national Pathways to Prosperity Network Initiative.

2) Grant funds will be used by the CFA to provide a dedicated staff person for the Arizona Pathways to Prosperity effort. This individual will serve as a liaison to the national Pathways to Prosperity Network team and assist in advancing the work in Arizona, through convening, outreach, communications, and catalyzing work with other organizations in the state. In partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF) and others in Arizona, the staff person will assist in the development and execution of an action plan to demonstrate in key regional labor markets in Arizona that many more young people can complete high school, attain a postsecondary credential with currency in the labor market, get launched on a career and/or pursue further education. Success in this endeavor will lay a foundation of experience for replicating the successful model in other regions of the state.

3) Grant funds will be used by CFA to advance a network of organizations engaged in educational and career pathways statewide and will work collaboratively to: bring greater awareness, cohesion and cooperation to the multitude of pathways work underway in the state; define an overarching pathways vision for Arizona and lay a foundation of policy, practice, and support for the vision; and identify opportunities, catalyze action, and provide centralized information in support of the above. Representatives of Arizona business, higher education, k-12, non-profit, philanthropic, policy and government will be welcomed in this network. The work will leverage the Pathways to Prosperity grant activities outlined above but is more comprehensive in its scope.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/1/156/30/17

Funding

  • US Department of Labor (DOL): $300,000.00

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