We're building a future in which no one who graduates high school will hit a dead end.
The Opportunity Pathways Network (OPeN) is a group of experts and funders redesigning the pathways from education to work so that all people, especially those at risk, can achieve lifelong economic mobility.
We actively transform systems through:
The network has mobilized
since the beginning of 2019.
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The path to economic mobility and meaningful jobs starts with a great K-12 education. That is why it is critical we work with higher education and workforce partners to break down the barriers between education and work, and establish new pathways for children, communities and cities to thrive.
—Marc Sternberg, Walton Family Foundation
Philanthropies tend to coalesce around the idea that K12, higher education, and workforce systems need to work together to improve lives through education. But this hasn't necessarily translated into action, or how foundations and social impact organizations actually work together. With initiatives like OPeN, we hope to create the systems change that will enable millions more Americans to navigate the future of work.
—Michelle Weise, Strada Education Network
The OPeN approach brings together participants to design, validate, and fund critical needs. We call this process an “Innovation Cycle.”