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Summer 2017 Newsletter | The Joyce Foundation


The Joyce Foundation Welcomes Sally Blount and Carter Stewart to Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce the election of two distinguished leaders to the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors: Sally Blount, Dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; and Carter Stewart, Managing Director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. We welcome Sally and Carter to the team!

Approved Grants from July 2017 Board Meeting

The Joyce Foundation awarded over $8 million in grants to support organizations in the Great Lakes region, whose work advances research and advocacy on voting rights, clean energy, gun violence prevention efforts, and more. 

Sharon Lopez, Joyce Investment Intern, Shares Highlights of her Summer with Joyce

The Ariel Scholars Program at the University of Chicago encourages and supports diverse students to consider careers in investments. Read more about what our summer intern, Sharon Lopez, learned from the program and her time with us. 

2015 Joyce Award Recipient Sandra Delgado Brings "La Havana Madrid" to Chicago

Colombian American actress and playwright, Sandra Delgado, activated her 2015 Joyce Award to stage a new interactive theater experience based on the 1960s Chicago nightclub, La Havana Madrid. The Teatro Vista production brings La Havana back to life to tell the stories of the how this venue served as a gathering place for Puerto Rican, Cuban, Colombian and Dominican immigrants settled on the city’s North SIde. After sold-out shows at the Steppenwolf, her production now runs this summer at the Goodman Theatre! Reserve your tickets here.  

Indiana Pre-K Gets Major Boost 

Joyce's Jason Quiara, Education Program Officer, writes on a victory in Indiana, a state expanding its "On My Way" Preschool Program to provide children with high-quality early childhood education. Read here

Educational Technology: Can It Improve Job Prospects for Adults Who Need Stronger Math and English Skills?

Click here to see how Joyce's Sameer Gadkaree explores what nonprofit research center SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning discovered about the use of education technology in the adult sphere. 

Midwest Institutions Rally Behind Paris Climate Agreement

On June 5th, the We Are Still In campaign was launched with more than 1,200 states, cities, universities, businesses and other institutions confirming their commitment to combat climate change. Read our blog to learn more about how Midwest institutions have been rallying behind the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Three Questions With Joyce's Jason Quiara, Education Program Officer

How is the Joyce Foundation looking at the ways in which education can address shifts in the workforce to prepare young people for high-quality jobs?

Today’s jobs – and the jobs of the future – are fundamentally different than those that have been lost over the past few decades. According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, the percentage of U.S. jobs that require a college education and postsecondary training is expected to reach 65 percent in 2020. However, the U.S. is projected to face shortages of 3 million workers with associate’s degrees or higher and 5 million workers with technical certificates and credentials by 2020. So we’re seeing an urgent need for skilled workers, along with continuing evidence that educational attainment strongly impacts career earnings. The Joyce Foundation supports reforms across K-12, postsecondary, and workforce systems to help ensure that all underprepared young people have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in the economy and life. We believe better coordination across these systems will provide clear paths for students to complete high school while also building college and career momentum.

How do you encourage this improved coordination to ensure more young people are prepared to succeed in college and careers?

We work to build more effective and seamless interactions between education and workforce sectors to help all students succeed – especially those with barriers to education and employment. College and career pathways that span K-12, postsecondary, and workforce settings provide structured sequences of rigorous academic and technical coursework designed to place students on college paths to obtain quality credentials and degrees. Combined with comprehensive supports and robust counseling, pathways strategies can help students transition from high school to college - ready to succeed.

How does this work in practice?

A leading example of pathways work is Joyce’s investment in helping establish the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership. Its purpose is to strengthen the capacity of communities in the Great Lakes region to develop self-sustaining systems of high-quality college and career pathways. We hope to see an increase in the number of young people in the region who enter college prepared to succeed, and who earn quality college credentials that lead to careers with family-sustaining wages.

We’re pleased with the progress we’ve seen so far in the four communities: Columbus, Ohio; Madison, Wisconsin; the northwest suburbs of Chicago; and Rockford, Illinois. All of them are in the process of implementing high-quality pathways designed to provide more students with opportunities to participate in work-based learning experiences and college course-taking opportunities in high school, through dual enrollment partnerships between secondary and postsecondary partners.
Technical support for the work in these four communities is supported by national leaders in the field: ConnectEd California, Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University, and Jobs for the Future.
Through the Great Lakes Pathways Partnership, Joyce hopes to gather and disseminate lessons learned to launch and scale similar efforts in the region and in other parts of the country. Joyce also will look to support advocacy efforts at state and local levels to improve students’ college readiness. For example, states can ensure that more low-income students and students of color earn transferable college credits through advanced coursework opportunities such as Advanced Placement and dual enrollment programs.