Planning Tool for Building Equitable Pathways

This resource from JFF is designed to support intermediary organizations in gauging their capacity and effectiveness in leading and supporting the creation, improvement and sustainability of high-quality career pathways for learners who are Black, Latinx and/or experiencing poverty. The tool is based on a set of six guiding hypotheses that outline what makes an intermediary effective at facilitating college and career pathways:

  1. Strong partnership and alignment with local K-12 schools and districts;
  2. Strong partnership and alignment with local postsecondary institutions;
  3. Articulated paths aligned to local labor market demands;
  4. Strong partnership with the local employer community to advance opportunities for work-based learning;
  5. Sustainable business model; and
  6. Policy agenda and supporting strategies. 

Leaders of intermediary organizations can reflect on the indicators related to each of the six hypotheses for the creation of high-quality pathways and consider how they function across all aspects of the organization's work. 

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October 2020