Opportunity Works was a three-year effort led by Jobs for the Future (JFF) to help young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in school or meaningfully employed access postsecondary and career pathways.
Based on the Back on Track framework, seven cities across the country provided supportive, enhanced preparation and postsecondary/career bridging.
- The impacts of the Back on Track model on the educational and career outcomes of participants.
- Whether, after completion of the program, participants were less likely to be disconnected from work and education and/or less likely to be looking for work.
- When pooling the sites together, twice as many Opportunity Works participants enrolled in both postsecondary institutions compared to their matched counterparts.
- Young men of color enrolled in postsecondary education at even higher rates compared to the comparison group.
- Program participation was associated with higher postsecondary enrollment at all sites.
- Program participants were more likely to get a high school credential than individuals in the matched comparison group.
- Program participants were more likely to apply for an associate degree and to apply to training programs than individuals in the comparison group.
Jobs for the Future, Inc