Commitment to Action

Scaling Pathways for Opportunity Youth

Commitment by

The Aspen Institute

In 2013, The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund committed to disseminate $6 million in grant funding to up to 18 communities with a 1:1 match in some locations. Since announcing its plan in July 2012, to further collective impact and community collaborative strategies to increase education and employment outcomes for opportunity youth, the Forum has shaped specific plans for the grant competition, which is the focus of this Commitment to Action. The framework for identifying grantees includes: collaborative for impact, building effective pathways, using data to guide decisions and assess impact, leveraging funding to support and sustain innovation, and developing supportive policies. Through this commitment the Aspen team will engage with communities to bolster the information sharing, lift up best practices, and scale up solutions that work to accelerate the education and employment outcomes for a minimum of 5,000 opportunity youth.





Scaling Pathways for Opportunity Youth



Est. Duration

5 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

The Aspen Institute

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, The Rockefeller Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Jobs For the Future, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Nancy H. Rubin, The Ford Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Miles L. Rubin, The Joyce Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, Carnegie Corporation Of New York, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The California Endowment