Why should our community prioritize youth education and career development?
Early preparation for college and career can help students achieve success over the long term. But in less-resourced school districts, students are less likely to enroll in college and career readiness courses. This trend disproportionately impacts Black and Latino students, who are also less likely to go to college because of the high cost of higher education – and therefore unable to obtain higher-paying jobs that require a college degree.
The State of Youth Education & Career Development in Fairfield County
How is FCCF bringing people together to fix this problem?
Proven models already exist to increase education equity and create pathways to sustainable careers. But it will require all of us — individuals, community leaders, lawmakers, businesses and organizations — to come together to take action. With your support, our Youth Education & Career Development Fund is investing in collaborative programs that:
Empower Youth Voices
Through our new Youth Philanthropy Council, young people come together to connect with diverse peers, learn new skills, explore jobs in nonprofits, and have a say in our decision-making.
Remove Barriers to College
With the launch of our Fairfield County Scholarship Fund, more students have the financial support they need to attend college and complete their studies.
Address Racial Inequities
We are building learning communities to help our grantees tackle systemic racism in our educational and workforce development systems, a root cause of inequitable outcomes, so they can craft programming that is directly responsive to the problem.
Support Career Readiness
A new Internship & Stipend Fund will deliver grants for career training and internship programs that give young adults a chance to gain on-the-job experience while they earn money.
Strengthen Community-Based Work
We are growing our grantmaking to help local groups foster their community leadership and grassroots work to advance equity, and to fund strategic projects that span several years.
How can I get involved?
Want to move youth education and career development in Fairfield County forward? Here are three ways you can help ensure that every student has an equitable chance to finish high school, and go to college or find a good job.
Contribute to our Youth Education & Career Development Fund to be part of our collaborative work in this area.
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