Working to improve quality of life, promote community vitality and achieve a fair society.

Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

An initiative to bolster efforts in six Midwest states to help working-age adults who need to expand their skills.

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

New City Of Chicago And Cook County Program To Put Chicagoans Back To Work

Employment Program

Employment Program

Creating Economic Opportunity


Foundational Skills

Foundational Skills

Goal: Provide underprepared adults in the region with the foundational skills needed to be successful in 21st century work and technical training.

Theory of Change: New digital instructional tools provide an opportunity to reach the 35 million Americans who need to upgrade their skills but more needs to be done to understand what technology works, for whom, and how best to deploy it.

The Joyce Approach

  • Produce and spread evidence about the effectiveness of digital learning tools to help adults acquire essential basic skills;
  • Stimulate interest in digital tools for adult learning among key stakeholder groups, including educational institutions and instructors; investors, including philanthropy, private capital investors, and policy makers; and developers;
  • Build the capacity of educational institutions and instructors to select and purchase learning technologies and effectively incorporate them into courses and programs;

The Joyce Foundation Announces $10.2 Million in Grants

In April, 50 grants totaling $10.2 million were approved by the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors to further address pressing economic and social challenges.

3/28/2016 3:53:00 PM

Joyce Foundation grant seeks expansion of college and career pathways to better prepare high school students for education, careers and life

$3 million grant to four Great Lakes community areas: Chicago’s northwest suburbs; Central Ohio; Madison, Wisconsin; and Rockford, Illinois

3/8/2016 11:15:00 AM

It's Not Too Late To Learn

Employment Program Officer, Matthew Muench writes about the results of a new report about the role of personal success skills in the 21st century workforce.


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