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  1. Report

    Meeting the Needs of Workers and Employers

    Implementation of a Sector-Focused Career Advancement Model for Low-Skilled Adults

    The WorkAdvance program model aims to prepare individuals for good jobs in high-demand industries and to increase their prospects for staying employed and moving up. Participants receive career readiness and occupational skills training, job placement, and advancement coaching. This report looks at how four providers translated the model into workable programs.

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    Headed to College

    The Effects of New York City’s Small High Schools of Choice on Postsecondary Enrollment

    New data from a rigorous study confirm that New York City’s small public high schools, which have nonselective admissions and serve many disadvantaged students, increase rates of graduation and college attendance for a wide range of groups, including students of color.

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    Implementing a Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Two American Cities

    Early Lessons from Family Rewards 2.0

    This project builds on NYC’s earlier experiment with a conditional cash transfer program to reduce poverty and improve education, health, and employment outcomes. It tests a revised model in the Bronx and Memphis, adding family guidance to modified incentives paid more frequently. Early implementation findings suggest deeper family engagement.

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