The ChallengeAmidst the most rapid economic changes in global history, people need updated opportunities to translate effort and hard work into economic and life success.

While a high school degree by itself was once a ticket to a middle-class lifestyle, it’s now a ticket to poverty. America hasn’t built the ladders needed for most students to reach their choices of higher learning, high-opportunity jobs, and life purpose. These ladders must include effective guidance, social networks, adequate and fair financing, and quality programs that enable the knowledge and skills, wrap-around supports, and a concrete plan of action directly aligned to a student’s goals.

Action TankAmerica Achieves in Action

We built an “Action Tank” to make direct impact and inform systemic change, enabling everyone the opportunity to succeed—with a focus on low-income learners and learners of color. We identify exceptionally promising leaders and innovations. We provide long-term incubation to build, grow, and eventually spin off initiatives that directly impact underserved learners. We use these experiences and other research to inform our advising and our recommendations for philanthropy, systems change, and public policy. We do this work across three focus areas.

How America Achieves Incubates and Scales Initiatives

We bring in leaders with extremely strong track records—and give them an opportunity in-house to create and build programs and initiatives. We help develop the idea and strategy and use insights to inform our recommendations for philanthropy and policy. We provide funding and other support, such as help recruiting leadership teams, forming key partnerships, and developing evaluation plans.

PROMOTING EQUITABLE ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IN A CHANGING WORLD BY INCUBATING AND SCALING PROMISING INNOVATIONS AND IDEAS.

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