Pass the Mic: Amplifying the Voices of Young Workers To Drive Change

At the National Fund, we believe that incorporating the voices of workers is a critical part of equitable and inclusive worker success strategies. We share this value with the Annie E. Casey Foundation which has identified the inclusion of young…

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Employee Ownership: An Introduction for Workforce Development Practitioners

In recent years, the concept of employee ownership has gained traction as a crucial strategy for elevating worker voice and building a more equitable economy. Many philanthropies, nonprofits, local and federal government organizations, and social justice advocates have taken great…

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Reflecting on Summer 2023

Summer seems to have flown by and it has certainly been an eventful one to say the least. We’ve been busy here at the National Fund! This has been the first summer since I came aboard as CEO where our…

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Shifting Towards a Brighter, Equitable Future

Imagine a world where everyone thrives, regardless of their background or circumstances. This is the vision that drives the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and its network to work together to reshape the landscape of workforce development. We aim to…

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Moving From Ideation to Action

Reflecting on 'Frontline Focused: Building a Thriving and Equitable Workplace' Last month the National Fund hosted the Frontline Focused: Building a Thriving and Equitable Workplace in-person session to close out CareerSTAT’s recent webinar series focused on recruiting and retaining untapped…

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Pressing Forward Beyond Affirmative Action

By now most people know about the Supreme Court’s disappointing decision to end affirmative action and many of us are still processing what impact it may have on our work and the lives of those we support. Personally, I mourn…

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Shifting the Future of Work for Young People of Color

A Q&A with Ranita Jain of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Young people, overall, were hit hard by the pandemic and experienced significant disruptions to employment. The good news is that unemployment for young adults is decreasing, and their labor…

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How Long-Term Systems Thinking Is Helping to Spark Vitality in Syracuse

Spring and summer mean things are buzzing with excitement and renewed energy all around us — and that’s certainly the case throughout the National Fund network! Recently, I joined National Fund board members and staff in Syracuse to visit the…

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