We see opportunities—including the advent of more engaging technologies, hybrid supports, and shifting views among employer leaders about their training roles. But no single innovator can overcome the existing barriers and redefine what is seen as possible for low-income and underrepresented students. Learn to Earn is building a networked community of diverse innovators, and aggregating a fund, to accelerate progress and bring effective scale strategies and supports to the highest-potential leaders and organizations across four distinct initiatives:
College Access & Success Learning Lab
The Learning Lab is a cross-sector commons through which social entrepreneurs, funders, college and K-12 leaders, and researchers identify key barriers to scale in the College Access & Success field, build a productive cross-sector network, surface high-potential collaborations, and share practices with one another.
Hybrid Partnership Investments
Even the most promising, quality online postsecondary models struggle to achieve high graduation rates beyond the minority of students with advanced executive function skills. Investments in postsecondary partnerships between innovative community-based organizations and top online postsecondary providers have the potential to produce high graduation rates for underrepresented students at low-cost and meaningful scale.
The Financial Security initiative is focused on identifying and scaling solutions for the 3M+ students that drop out of college annually due to financial stress. The Learn to Earn team will work to identify cross-sector leaders and opportunities to bring effective interventions to scale, with a particular focus on engaging the communities where students live, work and study to drive financial inclusion and financial health.
Power Skills XPRIZE
Cross-sector efforts have identified that “Power Skills”—leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, grit, communication, and teamwork—form the foundation for success in careers and the classroom. By incentivizing the development of effective and scalable tools that support the development of these critical skills, behaviors, and mindsets, the Power Skills XPRIZE aims to increase the number of Americans with Power Skills, spark broader awareness, and ultimately meet employer demand for Power Skills.