Pathways to Prosperity Network

At a Glance

We are boldly reimagining how U.S. education and workforce systems meet state and regional talent needs and prepare young people for careers.






Areas of Work
  • Ensuring Equity in Advancement
  • Meeting Employer Needs
  • Preparing for the Future of Work
Experts Involved
In progress
  • AZ
  • CA
  • DE
  • HI
  • IL
  • MN
  • NY
  • OH
  • TN
  • TX
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Our Vision


Every young person has clear goals for college and career and the support to achieve them.


Every employer has a talent pipeline of young professionals with the skills needed to contribute to and lead the workforce.


Every regional and state economy is thriving and provides its citizens with opportunities for economic advancement.

The American system for preparing young people to lead productive and prosperous lives as adults is clearly badly broken. Failure to aggressively overcome this challenge will surely erode the fabric of our society.

Pathways to Prosperity Report, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2011

What We Do

Pathways Help Youth Prepare for Success in their Future Careers

Today, young people need both cross-cutting skills and specialized knowledge to thrive in our rapidly changing economy. Business and industry leaders require fresh talent to innovate and grow. Pathways is a strategy to connect education with careers to meet the needs of youth, educators, and employers and build a more thriving and equitable economy.

About the Network

JFF's Pathways to Prosperity Network is leading a national movement to reimagine how we prepare youth for the future of work.

The network develops, implements, and scales college and career pathways to expand economic opportunity for all young people and meet regional talent needs. This forward-looking approach depends on strong cross-sector partnerships. The network mobilizes K–12 and postsecondary education leaders, policymakers, and employers, bringing together diverse stakeholders to build a future that works.

Launched in 2012, the network is a collaboration of JFF, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and states and regions across the country.

What is the Pathways to Prosperity Network?

Pathways to Prosperity Framework

JFF’s Pathways to Prosperity Framework helps communities design college and career pathways that help young people seamlessly advance from high school, to postsecondary education, and into family-supporting careers. The framework outlines five key levers that are critical to realizing this vision.

Join Us

Network Members

The Pathways to Prosperity Network spans the entire U.S. and includes both regions and entire states. Network members come together around a shared vision for an education system that better prepares young people for their future careers.

Network members include local government officials, leaders in K-12 and higher education, employers, workforce development boards, and community leaders at the state, regional, and city levels. This work requires many different organizations to come together to reimagine how our systems work to serve people.

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As a member of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, your state or region will work with the JFF team to develop pathways strategies and models that are tailored to your goals, education and workforce systems, and labor market needs.

You will receive professional services and support tailored to your state or regional needs, including the services listed below.

Hear Why You Should Join From Network Leaders

Our Team

Our team brings dedication and a wide breadth of relevant expertise, experience, and skills to our work.

Learn More

Watch From Report to Action: An Overview of Pathways to Prosperity