Today’s youth have the potential to be a force for progress and positive social change in their families, communities, and the world. Yet too many face daunting obstacles in accessing the educational, economic, and leadership opportunities they need to develop their full potential. This is especially true for marginalized and vulnerable young people, who are denied opportunities by the very systems that are meant to serve them.
Youth of color, immigrant youth, and young people living in poverty need, and too often lack, opportunities and services to help them have positive academic and social experiences in high school. But education models are not built to fit the experiences of these young people, and schools are not aligned with the other services and systems—like health care and child welfare agencies—that youth rely on. As a result, youth of color and low-income youth are three times as likely to drop out of high school as their middle class peers, and those that do graduate are largely unprepared for success in higher education.
By focusing on the experiences and leadership of these young people, we create more responsive and equitable systems for all youth.
What we are working on
We support holistic, inclusive education policies and practices that provide young people with the skills and support services they need to thrive. We aim to significantly reduce inequalities in wellbeing, participation, and leadership.
Our efforts are organized through two strategies that connect with others across the foundation.
What we don’t fund
We do not fund direct services, conferences, and individual research projects that are not linked to ongoing strategy. We also do not fund individual degrees or fellowships.