New Skills for Youth Innovation Sites 2019 Snapshot: Dallas, Texas

Launched in 2016, JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills for Youth (NSFY) is a $75 million, five-year global initiative aimed at transforming how cities and states ensure that young people are career ready. The local investments from across the world - Innovations Sites - aim to identify and implement the most promising ideas in career education, with a special focus on communities with the greatest needs.

In Dallas County, only 37 percent of adults have a two- or four-year degree, yet 65 percent of living-wage jobs require an education beyond high school. In Texas, the Dallas NSFY Innovation Site is working to help all Dallas County learners complete college with the skills North Texas employers are looking for through Dallas County Promise. Dallas County Promise was created to help all students complete college by assisting students with applying for financial aid, providing wrap around supports including success coaches to help navigate post high school choices, and providing a mentorship program to connect students with local employers.  Additonally, the program pays for any balance of tuition not covered by federal or state financial aid at participating Promise partner colleges. This snapshot profiles how Dallas County Promise is helping learners achieve their college and career goals.

To learn more about the NSFY Innovation Sites, visit the NSFY Innovation Sites Snapshots series page.

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August 2019