Grads of Life Blog

Beyond Empowerment: Engaging Opportunity Youth Through A Team Effort

When leaders in corporate America decide to become engaged on a social issue, they bring a corporate “can-do” mindset to the challenge. So in the case of providing jobs for Opportunity Youth, it’s only natural that many will try to utilize the training practices that have worked for them in the past with their current […]

New Way of Doing Business: Career Pathways

American companies in numerous industries are utilizing career pathways to meet their talent needs and improve opportunities for their employees. Career pathways are an effective strategy to help workers acquire marketable skills and industry-recognized credentials by encouraging greater collaboration among education, workforce partners, and businesses looking to hire skilled workers. The model works for youth […] Read More

How To Build A Stronger Workforce? Hire for Skills, Not Schools

The Opportunity Divide in America is real, and it seems impossible to overcome. But employers who think differently about talent acquisition can both find stronger, more diverse talent pools and join the movement to close that Divide in our country. A few weeks ago I had the distinct honor of giving a keynote at the […] Read More

Making The Case For Hiring Opportunity Youth

Three years ago, we set out with the Rockefeller Foundation to address a very challenging question: With nearly six million youth out of school and out of work (termed “opportunity youth”), how can our country address youth employment at scale? Getting there would require a strong business case to justify shifts in business practice. At […] Read More

How Competency-Based Programs Can Bridge the Skills Gap

Many of us have heard from colleagues that our country’s postsecondary institutions cannot keep up with projected growth in the middle-skill occupations. In fact, according to some projections, the United States will be facing a shortage of 5 million workers by 2020, and this is due to the fact that “education and workforce development institutions […] Read More