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


Cross-Cuting Data and Policy

Cross-Cutting Data and Policy

Goal: Public policy at all levels of government will provide support for the expansion of best practices in workforce development at scale and will thereby lead to the overall desired outcomes of improving employment outcomes for underprepared adults in the Great Lakes region.

Theory of Change:  Improve the collection and analysis of workforce data to drive programmatic and investment decisions; support advocacy to reform federal and state employment and adult education policy; and partner with key stakeholders to drive metro-level systemic change that cuts across the program’s priority areas.

The Joyce Approach

  • Improve collection and use of workforce and education data to improve program and investment decisions by state policy makers, community college leaders, and other stakeholders;
  • Ensure more effective federal and state advocacy campaigns based on improved use of data; and
  • Support federal and state level policy reform and implementation to ensure demand-driven strategies and career pathways guide workforce development programs and systems.

Latest News From The Employment Program

8/9/2016 10:45:00 AM

Sameer Gadkaree Joins the Joyce Foundation

Education and workforce development expert Sameer Gadkaree is joining the Joyce Foundation as a Senior Program Officer. ​

7/28/2016 9:32:00 AM

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants to Advance Policies on Climate Change, Great Lakes Protection, Gun Violence Prevention, and Workforce Development​


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.


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