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Practice to Policy: Aligning Our Federal Workforce Policy with the Needs of Opportunity Youth

Every day social innovators and social innovation organizations across the country are measurably impacting communities and individuals. This Practice to Policy blog series lifts up the voices of the more than 70 organizations that make up the America Forward Coalition and our broader social innovation network by highlighting their outcomes-based solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems and why
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Practice to Policy: The WIOA Pay For Performance Win And Its Impact On The Workforce System

Every day social innovators and social innovation organizations across the country are measurably impacting communities and individuals. This Practice to Policy blog series lifts up the voices of the more than 70 organizations that make up the America Forward Coalition and our broader social innovation network by highlighting their outcomes-based solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems and why
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Evidence in Action: Five Stories of Evidence Delivering Results in the Workforce System

America Forward’s Evidence in Action blog series highlights the voices of social innovation organizations, including those in the America Forward Coalition and our network partners, the results-driven solutions our community has to our country’s most pressing social problems, and the evidence-based federal programs that are critical to scaling the impact of this work. Follow along on Twitter using #EvidenceinAction to
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Evidence in Action: Five Stories of How National Service is Delivering Results

America Forward’s Evidence in Action blog series highlights the voices of social innovation organizations, including those in the America Forward Coalition and our network partners, the results-driven solutions our community has to our country’s most pressing social problems, and the evidence-based federal programs that are critical to scaling the impact of this work. Follow along on Twitter using #EvidenceinAction to
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Presidential 2016: Highlighting Student Voices at our Today’s Student Town Halls

The following post was written by Juanita Tolliver, Manager at America Forward, and Sarah Groh, Manager at America Forward. Can you imagine working a job, raising your grandchild, and combating poverty all while enrolled in college? Or, what if taking a "gap year" actually meant leaving school and working at the Gap for a year in order to pay for
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America Forward: Pay For Success Work in “The Hill”

With the 2016 election cycle well underway, the America Forward coalition is leveraging the opportunity to lift up innovative work in the social sector. Through bi-partisan outreach America Forward is urging the next President to look to breakthrough work happening at the community level to scale up solutions. taking the opportunity to bring organizations working on our country’s most pressing
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Presidential 2016: Since When Did the Indiana Primary Matter So Much?

The following post was written by Juanita Tolliver, Manager at America Forward. Indiana is not a state that typically jumps out as a crucial battleground primary state, but today the Hoosier State takes the mainstage. After a whirlwind week that included the creation of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) & Governor John Kasich’s (R-OH) delegate tag team, the announcement of Carly
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Connecting Opportunity Youth to First Jobs and Meaningful Career Pathways By Sangeeta Tyagi, President, YouthBuild USA

On Thursday, October 15, America Forward will launch “Moving America Forward: Innovators Lead the Way to Unlocking America’s Potential,” a briefing book intended for 2016 Presidential candidates and policymakers at all levels of government who aspire to unlock the potential of all Americans and make our nation, once again, the land of opportunity. Over the next week, America Forward will
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YouthBuild: Creating Opportunities, Reducing Poverty, Through Scaling What Works

This blog post was written by Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and CEO of YouthBuild. Just a few days after unrest and frustration erupted in Ferguson in the immediate wake of the killing of Michael Brown, the young people and leaders of YouthBuild St. Louis went into Ferguson with a message:  We are here to help clean up today, and long term
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Happy Anniversary WIOA!

Just one year ago, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law. This transformative and innovative piece of legislation made significant changes to our federal workforce and job training programs. As America Forward noted at the time of its passage, WIOA was the first major update to the workforce development system since 1998. America Forward was
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