America Forward celebrates 10th anniversary

Apr 20, 2018 No Comments by

Congratulations to America Forward on 10 years of progress bringing together social entrepreneurs and policy makers to advance policy agendas that foster innovation, reward results, catalyze cross-sector partnerships, and translate local impact into national change!

As a member of the America Forward Coalition, the Alternative Staffing Alliance is one of over 70 organizations working to implement innovative approaches that achieve measurable results in education, workforce development, early learning, public health, poverty alleviation and criminal justice reform. America Forward uses its members experiences and results to promote replication of evidence-based practices and transform practice into policy.

An early landmark initiative was the launch of the Social Innovation Fund in 2009. More recently, America Forward was a driving force in advocating for and ensuring passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014. This important update to the workforce development system prioritizes services for low-income individuals with barriers to economic success, emphasizes career pathway approaches, includes transitional jobs programming, and authorizes Pay for Performance contracting.

Subsequently, America Forward has been a leading force to educate Governors, state workforce leaders and local workforce boards about WIOA’s new provisions, and share best practices on implementing many of its evidence and innovation-focused changes.

We appreciate America Forward’s leadership and look forward to our continued engagement with the Coalition as a way to communicate the impact and promise of alternative staffing organizations and continue learning from our fellow social innovators.

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