Pathways to Progress: Forging Strategies to Broaden Impact

Posted by Equal Measure on November 21, 2016

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Pathways to Progress: Forging Strategies to Broaden Impact

In 2014, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a three-year, $50 million initiative in the United States to help 100,000 low-income youth – ages 16 to 24 – to develop the workplace skills and leadership experience necessary to compete in a 21st century economy. Since its launch, Pathways to Progress investments have enabled the five U.S.-based grantees to create new programming, augmented or altered existing program models, and substantially expanded their reach, affecting greater numbers of youth.

The five U.S.-based grantees are: Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, iMentor, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and Points of Light.

In this Issue Brief, we describe how the grantees are scaling their program models to enhance their reach. To provide context for the grantees’ work in this area, we draw from literature on the topics of scaling, local program adaptation, partnerships, and data-informed programming, as well as a series of interviews we conducted with leaders of organizations that have successfully scaled their programs, and key influencers in the youth development and economic opportunity fields.

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