Our strategy

Pathways for Youth Success

Young people need skills, knowledge, and confidence to successfully transition from high school to higher education or quality employment. This means providing high school-age students with a safe and welcoming learning environment, mentorship and emotional support programs that speak to their life experiences, and powerful learning tools. To be successful,  these integrated educational approaches require not only input and buy-in from policymakers and educators, but the collective ownership of young people, parents, and communities. We believe that when political and education systems recognize the value and needs of vulnerable young people, the benefits accrue to all youth.

Anticipated Outcomes

Greater opportunities for young people to succeed
Educational policies and practices make schools a safe and welcoming environment for all youth—including youth of color, immigrant youth, young women, and LGBT youth. Models for learning combine social and emotional support with academic rigor and excellent teaching, and are adopted and implemented across communities. Young people, parents, and teachers are meaningfully involved in decision-making across all levels of the education system.

Next-Generation Leadership

Social justice movements need leaders who can build on past efforts and bring fresh perspectives to persistent and emerging problems. We support efforts to connect young people with networks, mentors, and movements—in formal and informal learning settings—that enable them to learn social change by doing social change. We focus on helping young people influence pressing issues of injustice and inequality in their own communities, and to do so in ways that build their skills and capacity for a lifetime of leadership.

Anticipated Outcomes

Strong, youth-led social justice organizations and movements
Organizations and networks led by young people have the infrastructure and resources they need to advocate for reforms that improve the lives of youth of color, immigrant youth, young women and girls, and LGBT youth. By centering their work on the experiences of young leaders, social justice organizations and networks are able to advance more responsive, transformative solutions for youth.
Leadership development for vulnerable young people
More young people benefit from opportunities to develop their leadership that recognize their lived experiences and value their participation—producing a new generation of young leaders committed to advancing social justice.
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.