JFYNetWorks

Boston, MA   |  www.jfynet.org

Mission

JFYNetWorks is a Boston-based nonprofit organization with the mission of providing increased opportunity to disadvantaged urban youth and adults. For nearly 40 years, JFYNetWorks has served high-need populations in Massachusetts by developing and delivering education and job training programs that equip young people with the skills needed to succeed in our changing economy. JFYNetWorks brings student-centered and data-driven instructional resources and assessments into classrooms, supports teachers in using these tools effectively, and ultimately helps students both graduate from high school and enter college at the credit-earning level.

Ruling year info

1977

Principal Officer

Mr. Gary Kaplan

Main address

44 School Street Suite 1010

Boston, MA 02108 USA

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Formerly known as

Jobs For Youth-Boston, Inc.

EIN

04-2607239

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

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JFYNet College Readiness

We administer the state-mandated Accuplacer college placement exam and enroll students in an online curriculum tailored to their individual needs. By integrating our instruction with regular math and English classes, we maximize classroom time and teacher expertise to focus on the particular skills needed for college success. At the conclusion of instruction, we re-administer the Accuplacer test. We send passing scores directly to colleges, exempting students from corresponding remedial courses. Our use of the Accuplacer, integration into the school curriculum, and direct conversion of program results into remedial exemptions are unique among college-focused services. The JFYNetWorks blended program model -- infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum -- also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

Population(s) Served

The JFYNetWorks MCAS Preparation program is designed to help 9th and 10th grade students reach Common Core-aligned standards with the goal of on-time grade progression and ultimately successful graduation from high school and success in college.

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The overall goal of JFYNetWorks is to ensure that all high school graduates are college and career ready. We accomplish our goal by building statewide networks of college readiness programs in high schools designed to eliminate the need for remedial courses in college. The official state definition of college and career readiness is ""Successful achievement of specified levels of competence in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics … to be placed into entry-level courses in college or … certificate or workplace training programs without the need for remediation. "" The ""specified levels of competence"" are defined by cutoff scores on the Accuplacer college placement tests, a suite of assessments adopted in 1998 by the Board of Higher Education as the Massachusetts statewide standard. JFYNetWorks administers the Accuplacer tests in high school, uses the results to place students in the appropriate level of our online curriculum, monitors each student's progress through the curriculum, and administers the Accuplacer again at the end of the course. If the final scores meet college cutoff scores, the test report is sent to the college and the student is exempted from the corresponding remedial courses. Ultimately, our goal is to make JFYNet available to every high school student who needs help reaching college and career-ready standards. We quantify this target population in Massachusetts at 7500—the annual total of high school graduates enrolled in remedial courses in our state higher education system. We will reach that goal over the next three years.

JFYNetWorks provides blended learning that combines online and teacher-led instruction in the classroom. Combining online resources with teacher direction gives students a wide range of materials to learn from and teachers a wide range of teaching tools to select from. Each JFYNetWorks partner school has an assigned Blended Learning Specialist who performs a range of supportive functions: orienting students to the program and to college placement tests, administering assessments, enrolling students in the online curriculum, providing teachers with ongoing support, and professional development to master the blended learning method and use real-time student performance data to differentiate instruction. The program structure is abbreviated as AIM2: Assess, Instruct, Measure, Manage. Assessment of student needs is the first step. In 11th and 12th grade this means administering the four Accuplacer Diagnostic tests in English and math. These assessments determine where the student is placed in the online curriculum. At the 9th and 10th grade MCAS level, assessment is performed with Common Core-aligned tests. Instruction is the core of the program. JFYNetWorks curates a high-quality library of software to meet varied student needs. Online instruction offers flexibility in choice and utilization of materials. It is also by nature self-paced. No other form of instruction allows as much control of content and pace. The power to individualize instruction is a necessary capability when dealing with the diversity of student skills, learning styles, languages and cultural backgrounds that characterize urban schools. Measurement means tracking student activity online by following individual progress through the curriculum and performance on embedded mastery quizzes. JFYNet software allows for monitoring progress and addressing problems in real time. Management is onsite and online oversight and support using online student activity data to make reports and recommendations to teachers and administrators that keep students on track. JFY staff visit each school regularly throughout the year to confer on student performance and instructional strategies. Hands-on professional development with teachers builds skill and confidence in the blended methodology, gradually transforming teaching practice so that all instruction becomes student-centered. JFYNet served 3000 students in 2014-15 and plans for 4000 in school year 2015-16. Participation is 1-2 hours per week with 34 weeks available for instruction.

JFYNetWorks has provided support to high school students and young adults for nearly 40 years, and has a proven track record of making a measurable difference on high school graduation, college entrance, and college success performance metrics. Through strong leadership and the keen ability to pivot organizational priorities to fit changing academic and economic demands, JFYNetWorks has solidified its ability to support low-income students in the skills they need most to succeed. Our combination of deep expertise, efficient cost structure, a solid funding base, and organizational capacity provides a foundation uniquely suited to eliminating the college preparation gap, particularly for low-income students. JFYNetWorks has been recognized for our successes from the White House College Opportunity Summit to the state, local, and individual school levels. Financially, JFYNetWorks successfully achieved a dedicated line item in the Massachusetts state budget for the first time in FY 2016, providing a solid foundation for continued, sustained impact as we work to meet our goals. The fact that JFYNetWorks is named in the line item as the implementer of the statewide college and career readiness program confirms that the organization has established itself as a reliable, consistent, trusted producer of student achievement gains. Additionally, our cost structure is highly efficient, with our per student cost covered via state appropriations, school district fees, and private philanthropy. In fundraising terms, every dollar raised is tripled in impact thanks to this tripartite model. We have saved students over $1M in tuition and fees thanks to the success of the JFYNet College Readiness program. This is only the immediate financial return on better preparation for success in post-secondary education and in life. Staff members include Executive Director Gary Kaplan as project manager and four outstanding professional blended learning specialists. In addition, Deputy Director Paula Paris provides grant management, program compliance, and fund cultivation, and Fiscal Director Patricia Parisella provides financial management and fiscal accountability. Gary has provided visionary leadership to JFYNetWorks since 1985. During his tenure, JFYNetWorks has addressed the issues of literacy and job skills among youth and adults with a series of innovative programs. Gary's career in education and training began in the 1960s with the Upward Bound program, where he counseled and taught urban youth. He served on Governor Patrick's Workforce Development transition team, the Workforce Accountability Task Force, the Governor's Advisory Commission on STEM, and the National Commission on Jobs and the Economy. Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago. Additional staff details may be found here: https://jfynet.org/jfy-staff/.

The business community and the legislature recognize that the skilled worker gap can be closed by reducing the number of high school graduates lost to remedial college courses. The number lost at the community colleges alone, 6000, would fill the gap. This is why both the state and private funding community have empowered JFYNetWorks to establish a statewide college and career readiness program. In FY 2015, JFYNetWorks operated programs in eleven schools in Massachusetts and one outside the state. Our total enrollment was 3,192. Enrollment is projected to exceed 4,000 in FY 2016. Our three-year growth plan will reach an annual capacity in excess of 7,500 students, the total annual number of high school graduates in remedial college courses statewide. The scale of the college readiness issue is manageable. JFYNetWorks is equipped to reach that scale. Workforce needs will increasingly drive education policy as economic growth and changing demographics produce more and more critical shortages of skilled workers. JFYNetWorks' unique position at the nexus of education and workforce development-College and Career Readiness—and our documented ability to raise student/worker skill levels provide a powerful platform for future growth in Massachusetts and nationally. On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law. This new federal education law reaffirms the goal of College and Career Readiness, identifies blended learning and digital learning as approved methodologies, and specifically authorizes funding for the programmatic components of JFYNet. This federal action completes the spectrum of local, state and federal support for the mission and methods of JFYNetWorks.

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JFYNetWorks

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2017
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Board chair

Mr. Otis Gates

United Housing Management

Term: 1998 -

Otis Gates

United Housing Management

Kevin McDonald

Baumann and Baumann CPAs

Susan Dunnigan

Middlesex Bank

Vicki Frawley

Consultant