Ohio’s efforts in Phase One of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) initiative built upon early work in accountability, career guidance and industry credential attainment to focus on expanding access to quality career pathways for all students in the state. One of the state’s most notable accomplishments during this time period was mapping existing programs to identify those students who do not have access to high-quality career pathways. Ohio’s reflective approach to mapping and analyzing data led to the launch of the state’s SuccessBound brand and campaign, which it plans to use as a strategy to coalesce support for career readiness and raise awareness about opportunities available to students.
Phase One of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s New Skills for Youth grant extended from May to October 2016. With bold visions for improving career readiness in K-12 education, each Phase One state spent the grant period performing a diagnostic assessment of their career preparation system and preparing for implementation of a new action plan. This snapshot describes Ohio’s experience and progress in Phase One, including promising practices and innovations. Additional snapshots from other Phase One New Skills for Youth states are available here.