Gates Foundation Awards $1.2 Million to Change the Odds for Youth

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $1.2 million to the Forum over the next 3 years to identify and cultivate opportunities to affirm the importance of postsecondary credentials for low-income and disconnected youth within its network of partners, people and places. The Forum will use these funds to work with the members of the Ready by 21 Partnership, the State Children's Cabinet Network and the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition who are interested in increasing their capacity to ensure college success for all.

This grant is one of the $69 million in initial grants to give more young people access to and the ability to complete a postsecondary degree. This new intiative aims to double the number of low-income students in the US who earn a postsecondary degree by 26. Read the press release below to learn more about the grants awarded. Learn more about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation work on postsecondary education.

Publishing Date: 
December 9, 2008
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