down Go Back to Our Ideas Tool Planning Tool for Building Equitable Pathways Download the Toolright At a Glance This planning tool will allow your organization to plan, partner, and do the work necessary to become a more effective intermediary in your unique context. Published oct. 06, 2020 Contributors Kyle Hartung Associate Vice President Derek Niño Associate Director Area of Work Ensuring Equity in Advancement Topics Intermediary Equity Career Pathways Sections About this Tool Related Resources Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email About this Tool Intermediary organizations are critical to offering college and career pathways for young people and supporting economic development at scale.With this tool, intermediaries can gauge their capacity and effectiveness in leading and supporting the creation, improvement, and sustainability of high-quality career pathways for Black and Latinx youth and young people who are experiencing poverty.Building Equitable Pathways HypothesesThis tool is based on a set of guiding hypotheses from the Building Equitable Pathways initiative that outline what makes an intermediary effective at facilitating equitable college and career pathways in its ecosystem.The six guiding hypotheses are:Strong partnership and alignment with local K-12 schools and districtsStrong partnership and alignment with local postsecondary institutionsArticulated paths aligned to local labor market demandsStrong partnership with the local employer community to advance opportunities for work-based learningSustainable business modelPolicy agenda and supporting strategies Learn More About the Hypothesesright Related Resources Report/Research Equitable Pathways Hypotheses Spotlights The Building Equitable Pathways hypotheses guide the development of pathways that equitably support all young people, especially youth of color and youth who are experiencing poverty, in building rewarding and successful futures. Learn what the hypotheses look like in action. Report/Research How Intermediaries Can Help Black and Latinx Youth Develop a Strong Occupational Identity: Four Principles of Practice This resource provides four guiding principles that intermediary staff and leaders can use to support equitable career outcomes for youth—particularly Black and Latinx youth and young people who are experiencing poverty. Report/Research Intermediary Functions and Features in Pathways Systems This resource clarifies the roles intermediaries play in college and career pathways systems. It can be useful for envisioning a brand-new organization or strengthening the intermediary functions of an existing organization. Your organization can use this guide during a strategic planning process or at any time to reflect on its practices, shift its focus, or reconnect to its mission. Report/Research An Intermediary’s Guide to Working with Higher Education Partners This guide supports intermediaries and their community college partners in forming productive and lasting relationships. The goal of these partnerships is to provide high school students with opportunities to earn college credits that will help them build their future careers. Report/Research From Labor Market Information to Pathways Designs: Foundational Information for Intermediaries This resource is designed to help intermediaries effectively design strong college and career pathways. It lays out key areas and provides guidance about and examples of how to distill this information in order to share it with young people and partners. Report/Research Intermediaries’ Role in Policy to Develop and Scale Equitable Pathways This brief illustrates the power intermediaries have to influence policy, so they can be more effective in supporting their partners and driving positive change in their communities and across their states. Report/Research The MOU: A Tool for Formalizing Partnerships Intermediaries can use memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to better fulfill their roles as connectors among partners working to provide college and career pathways. This easy-to-use guide describes the purpose of an MOU, outlines the process for developing one, and provides sample templates for adaptation. Report/Research Intermediary Communications: How to Stand Out While Working Together Developed by Mission Minded in partnership with JFF and the Building Equitable Pathways partners, this guide provides intermediaries with best practices in communications along with tools and sample messages to help them stand out and unite partners in their work.