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New Skills for Youth

As part of CCSSO's Career Readiness Initiative, JPMorgan Chase dedicated $35 million of grant funding for CCSSO to lead the New Skills for Youth grant opportunity for states, in partnership with Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group. New Skills for Youth gave every state the opportunity to apply for significant grants that will help turn their bold visions for improving career readiness in K-12 education into a reality.

About the Initiative 
CCSSO and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced the New Skills for Youth grant opportunity on January 19, 2016. Learn more about New Skills for Youth and CCSSO's Career Readiness Initiative:

  • Watch JPMorgan Chase President and CEO Jamie Dimon discuss New Skills for Youth on CBS This Morning.
  • Read about the importance of New Skills for Youth in USA Today.
  • CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich shares his take on how states are Advancing Career Pathways for all kids.

Ten States Receive Phase II Grants
CCSSO and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced $20 million in grants to 10 states to dramatically increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for careers. Developed as part of JPMorgan Chase's $75 million global New Skills for Youth initiative, each awarded state will work with government, business and education leaders to strengthen career education and create pathways to economic success. 

Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Wisconsin will each receive $2 million over three years to expand and improve career pathways for all high school students. Learn more about each state's progress in Phase One:

Phase One of New Skills for Youth
In March 2016, 24 states and Washington, D.C. secured grants through phase one of New Skills for Youth to perform a diagnostic assessment of their career preparation system and prepare for implementation of a new action plan. An independent advisory committee recommended phase one grant recipients after a rigorous review process that considered states' proposed plans, cross-sector partnerships, and demonstrated commitment and capacity to transform their systems of career preparation according to the grant guidelines. Only those states selected in phase one had the opportunity to apply for grants in phase two. 

New Skills for Youth Phase II Independent Selection Committee

Independent Selection Committee (names link to bio)
Maura Banta
Sandra Clement
Principal Moody High School
Elizabeth Gonzalez
James Irvine Foundation
Richard Laine
National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices

Elena Silva

New America

Cheryl Oldham
US Chamber and Chamber Foundation
Nick Rodriguez
Delivery Associates
Andy Van Kleunen
National Skills Coalition
Heather Wathington

Maya Angelou Schools and the See Forever Foundation

Josh Wyner
Aspen Institute

Resources for States
The following are resources available to states that applied for the New Skills for Youth grant, or are interested in improving career pathways for all kids:

Contact:Beth 202-312-6872