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School-to-Career Pathways

"The Pathways vision is that young Americans from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and from all parts of the nation will complete secondary school, receive post-secondary preparation and certification for entry into viable careers, and then transition successfully into the adult world of work." Creating Pathways to Prosperity: A Blueprint for Action


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The Creating Pathways 2013 Conference

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AGI Projects on Pathways

Pathways to Prosperity: The Pathways to Prosperity project was initiated at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, by Professor of Practice Emeritus Robert Schwartz and AGI Director Ron Ferguson as faculty co-directors. It responded to a need for better pathways—especially pathways other than four-year college degrees—from adolescence into the adult world of work. The first report was released in February 2011. Inquiries have come from around the nation seeking information on how to become involved with the Pathways work. Schwartz, in collaboration with Jobs for the Future, is heading a network of thirteen demonstration states with the goal of improving the pathways in their respective regions. On March 18th and 19th of 2013, the Pathways project collaborated with the AGI to convene a two-day national conference on Creating Pathways to Prosperity. The conference was attended by over 400 people representing a broad cross-section of leadership positions in public, private, non-profit and research sectors. Videos from the conference and a report Creating Pathways to Prosperity that builds upon the conference are available on the AGI website.

Supervision of Adolescents in First Jobs: In collaboration with the Boston Private Industry Council, the AGI is interviewing local supervisors of young people in their first jobs. Most have received little if any support in preparing for this role. The report on this work will identify needs for training and will share some of the insights that supervisors have found most helpful.