Subject: Poverty, Education, Youth in Poverty, Community Development, Employment, Civic Engagement
"The mission of the Pathways Out of Poverty program is to identify, test and help sustain pathways out of poverty for low-income people and communities. We believe education, economic participation and community engagement are critical to moving low-income Americans toward greater prosperity. These three areas are the pillars of our program to address poverty in the U.S.
The program is organized into four grantmaking areas:
- Improving Community Education - This program area seeks to ensure that education serves as a pathway out of poverty by advancing systemic changes that improve educational policies and practices, particularly for children and families living in low-income communities.
- Expanding Economic Opportunity - This program area targets programs and policies that improve the economic security of working families by promoting savings and asset development, helping the hard-to-serve find entry-level employment and promoting career development among low-wage workers by helping them stay in the labor market and advance into better jobs.
- Building Organized Communities - This program area seeks to enhance the effectiveness of community organizing so that it can become an increasingly useful tool for poverty alleviation and civic engagement. Grantmaking is driven by the belief that people in low-income communities can maximize their influence over the decisions affecting their lives by joining with others in strong networks that aim to exert influence at the local, state, regional and national levels.
- Special Initiatives - This program area seeks to sustain promising practices and promote innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to reduce persistent poverty.
The first three areas enable us to support efforts to nurture systemic change in the educational, economic and community systems that produce and perpetuate poverty in the U.S. The fourth area allows us to support projects that are crosscutting in nature and to explore special opportunities."