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America Forward’s Policy Platforms

In the federal policy landscape each year, there are important opportunities to develop more innovative, effective, and equitable solutions to the pressing challenges facing communities across the country. It is critical that lawmakers, leaders, and officials work together every day to capitalize on these opportunities.  Regularly, the team at America Forward works together with our Coalition members to compile a
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America Forward Coalition Members Step Up — July 2023

Every month, America Forward highlights examples of the vital work being done by our Coalition members to support students, families, educators, workers, elected leaders, advocates, and communities across the country. If your organization has resources, an announcement, or a story you would like to see included, please send it to america_forward@newprofit.org. The People  The People works to organize everyday Americans
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Transformative Investment in Postsecondary Student Success

At the end of 2022, Congress made a transformative $45 million investment in the Postsecondary Student Success Grants (PSSG) program at the U.S. Department of Education, showing an essential commitment to developing, evaluating, and scaling evidence-based postsecondary student success strategies to help college students complete their credentials and achieve long-term career success.  Building on an initial $5 million of funding
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America Forward Coalition Members Step Up – June 2023

Every month, America Forward highlights examples of the vital work being done by our Coalition members to support students, families, educators, workers, elected leaders, advocates, and communities across the country. If your organization has resources, an announcement, or a story you would like to see included, please send it to america_forward@newprofit.org.   UnboundED UnboundED is dedicated to providing the support
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America Forward Coalition Members Step Up – May 2023

Every month, America Forward highlights examples of the vital work being done by our Coalition members to support students, families, educators, workers, elected leaders, advocates, and communities across the country. If your organization has resources, an announcement, or a story you would like to see included, please send it to america_forward@newprofit.org. American Student Assistance American Student Assistance helps middle and
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LTE: Focusing on Evidence to Strengthen Workforce Development

Earlier this month, Tracy Palandjian, CEO and cofounder of America Forward Coalition member Social Finance, and Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts and a board member of Social Finance, wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe about how new, high-quality workforce training programs are essential not only to the health of our economy, but to the wellbeing of workers, families,
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Progress Towards a Stronger Short-Term Pell Grant

Today, a gap in federal law means students cannot leverage Pell Grants to attend programs that are 8 to 15 weeks long, even when these programs are proven to boost students’ economic outcomes. Expanding the applicability of Pell Grants to help cover the cost of high-quality, short-term job training programs holds enormous potential to make critical training and support more
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Strengthening Sectoral Strategies to Meet Critical Workforce Needs Across the Country

Effectively and inclusively improving economic mobility is critical to the long-term wellbeing of millions of individuals and families across America – and the Federal government is a key driver of this work.  Recently, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) within the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a request for information (RFI) seeking input on “sector-specific” workforce development strategies –
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America Forward Coalition Members Step Up – April 2023

Every month, America Forward highlights examples of the vital work being done by our Coalition members to support students, families, educators, workers, elected leaders, advocates, and communities across the country. If your organization has resources, an announcement, or a story you would like to see included, please send it to america_forward@newprofit.org. The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program The Forestry and
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Statement on Violence at The Covenant School in Nashville, TN

Once again, we are compelled to speak out in response to unconscionable violence that has claimed the lives of students and educators in yet another community in our country. Our hearts are with the parents, family members, friends, and loved ones in Nashville who are experiencing grief and trauma that has become entirely too familiar.  The staff at America Forward,
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