HERE to HERE—with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation—released a Request for Proposals (RFP) in July 2021. The Braided Pathways Fund seeks to make 10-20 grants of up to $50,000 each to New York City public high schools, CUNY institutions and their CBO partners that are committed to braiding work-based learning into students’ academic experiences using the Key Distinguishers. The RFP is now closed for submissions, and we will announce the grantees in September.
The Key Distinguishers provide guidance and examples of how to achieve the goals of the New York City Center for Youth Employment’s CareerReadyNYC framework. Created in collaboration with partners across educational and employer settings—including the Key Distinguishers Task Force, a group of more than 70 practitioners who co-developed and pressure tested the Key Distinguishers 1.0—the Key Distinguishers have the potential to transform the way the youth talent development system functions by providing a framework of guiding principles and practices for high-quality, work-based learning that is integrated into academics. The framework is intended to help everyone along the youth talent development spectrum describe, understand the importance of, and meet shared expectations for high-quality, impactful work-based learning experiences.
The Braided Pathways Fund is an opportunity to promote best practices by practitioners, prioritize student career success, demonstrate and elevate exemplars in braided pathways, and mobilize champions in coalescing around a set of criteria to guide effective engagement in work-based learning.