Posts By: America Forward

America Forward’s Vision for the Future of Pay for Success

By America Forward Policy Director Roger Low Today, the Stanford Social Innovation Review published “The Evolving Promise of Pay for Success,” a piece co-written by Sindhu Lakshmanan, a senior investment associate at Living Cities, a Pay for Success (PFS) investor; Caroline Whistler, co-founder and CEO of Third Sector, a PFS advisor; and me detailing the current state of the PFS
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Want to Deepen Civic Engagement & Strengthen Communities? Support National Service

By Deborah Smolover. Deborah Smolover is a Managing Partner of New Profit and Executive Director of America Forward.  Lately, an idea close to the hearts of many social innovators is gaining traction among Democratic primary candidates: scaling national service.  Within the past few months, Mayor Pete Buttigeig released a policy proposal to build a network of 1 million paid service
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America Forward: August Recess Legislative Update

As Congress enters the August recess, we can enthusiastically report on several recent important bipartisan developments in the U.S. House of Representatives, all on key priorities for members of the America Forward Coalition. We applaud our allies in Congress for this legislative progress, and for working to advance an equity, outcomes and innovation agenda, even when it doesn’t grab national
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What questions would social entrepreneurs ask candidates at this week’s presidential debates?

By Deborah Smolover. Deborah Smolover is a Managing Partner of New Profit and Executive Director of America Forward.  This week, 20 Democratic presidential candidates will debate over two nights in Miami.  Based on debates of the past, we can predict many of the questions the numerous moderators will ask.  But this week we’ve been asking ourselves a different question:  what
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America Forward Announces United to Move America Forward: Campaign Engagement 2020

By Deborah Smolover. Deborah Smolover is a Managing Partner of New Profit and Executive Director of America Forward.  If you had five minutes with each candidate running for President, what would you want them to know? What game-changing policy proposals do our community of innovators want to see signed into law in the first 100 days after the next inauguration?
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State of Play: Pay for Success and Evidence-Based Policy, December 2018

Jessica Crawford Director, Coalition Engagement and Communications America Forward Lee Foley America Forward Policy Adviser Capitol Hill Partners Pay for Success and evidence-based programs, projects, and policies have been designed to address a large range of issues, including early childhood education, workforce development, homelessness, recidivism, and child welfare. The following brief includes federal, state, and local updates on significant policy
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America Forward: Statement Applauding Introduction of the Trauma Informed Schools Act

“Members of the America Forward Coalition applaud Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA) on the introduction of H.R. 7320, the Trauma Informed Schools Act of 2018. This legislation contains important policy provisions championed by members of the America Forward Coalition that would help States and school districts across the country adopt and expand the use of evidence-based practices to better identify and
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Pay for Success Arrives in Career & Technical Education

Signed into law this summer, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act - also known as Perkins V - includes a number of provisions that promote innovation, modernization and the alignment of workforce skills with labor-market needs (see our full summary here). Notably, the legislation also includes the first-ever federal authorization of Career and Technical Education
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America Forward Commends Passage FY 2019 Defense, Labor-HHS-Education Minibus

Washington, D.C. | September 27, 2018 - America Forward issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) minibus appropriations package on September 26, which includes the FY 2019 Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding bills. The legislation passed the House by a vote
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Coalition Spotlight: Jumpstart Endorses House Democrat Aim Higher Act to Reauthorize the Higher Education Act

Coalition organization Jumpstart works toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. The following post, Jumpstart Endorses Aim Higher Act, was published on Jumpstart’s website on July 25, 2018, and details the importance of this legislation to Jumpstart and other America Forward partner and Coalition organizations. Please contact Jumpstart’s Vice President of Policy & Government Relations,
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