Learn to Earn Fund

Creating 10 Million More Career-Ready Americans

The Learn to Earn Fund aims to support and accelerate the development of 10 million more career-ready Americans by 2025. To do this the Fund works to scale postsecondary and career solutions with proven impact for low-income and underrepresented students in order to: 1.) prove that effective low-income student interventions can be scaled and sustained, 2.) discredit the excuses given for the career-readiness gap, and 3.) demonstrate effective strategies that next-generation innovators can draw upon.

College Access and Success Learning Lab
Problem

The largest 25 Social Entrepreneur-led college Access & Success nonprofit organizations meet 7% of the country’s need

Solution

Support scale of the most innovative organizations in the field by engaging in systems change activities to remove critical barriers to scale.

Approach

Convene diverse network of social entrepreneurs, education leaders, philanthropists, researchers, and students to identify field level barriers and collaboratively design initiatives to advance the field of College Access and Success.

For more information on the College Access and Success Learning Lab, please contact Kevin Greer at kevin_greer@newprofit.org or Adetola Olatunji at adetola_olatunji@newprofit.org
Postsecondary Innovation for Equity
Problem

Young people from low-income communities can’t access good jobs because they aren’t getting postsecondary credentials.

Solution

Energetic and creative innovators with one foot in and one foot outside the system, social entrepreneurs are well- positioned to figure out how to more effectively weave acquisition of college credits with access to upwardly mobile careers, without asking learners to incur major debt.

Approach

The $17M Postsecondary Innovation for Equity (PIE) Initiative will accelerate the efforts of social entrepreneurs to re-architect pathways to economic mobility for young people from low-income communities by cultivating a learning community of entrepreneurs, funders, and advisors, as well as by providing entrepreneurs with unrestricted capital and capacity-building support.

See this Introduction to the Postsecondary Innovation for Equity Initiative for more information.
Power Skills and Career-Readiness
Problem

Power Skills account for 7 of the top 10 “very important” skills needed in the workforce today--skills that are becoming increasingly important as automation increases. But almost 60 percent of employers reported difficulties in hiring staff with the right mix of these skills.

Solution

Bring top innovators from across sectors to work on the problem, focus on young people when their brains are still malleable, and engage employers to ensure solutions meet their needs.

Approach

A Future of Work XPRIZE to incentivize innovators to develop technology-enabled solutions that will help entry-level workers develop the particularly human skills necessary for the future workforce.

For more information on the Future of Work XPRIZE, please contact Angela Jackson at angela_jackson@newprofit.org