College & Career Pathways

Our College & Career Pathways work forges partnerships between K-12 schools, youth-program providers, postsecondary institutions, and employers to ensure youth are prepared for and connected to options after high school. And it’s not only the first year of college or an entry-level job that we want to ensure young Detroiters are prepared for. We want them to be able to confidently choose from and succeed in a broad range of paths to meaningful, living wage work and remain resilient lifelong learners who can navigate job changes. We want them to have a foundation of knowledge and skills required to do so, allowing them to adapt to—and lead in—an ever-changing economy.

We want Detroit youth to be the authors of their future. In order to do that, they must have pathways to choose from and the agency, readiness, and connections needed to succeed along the way.

Key Indicator

Meaningful High-School Graduation

Schools don’t operate in silos. They are part of a community-wide fabric that must be knit closely together to adequately support and prepare youth for life beyond high school. Nevertheless, the connections between K-12 institutions, higher ed, and the economy are often thin. Too many young people exit high school unsure of their options or how to pursue them. Our College & Career Pathways work forges partnerships between K-12 schools, youth-program providers, postsecondary institutions, and employers to ensure youth are prepared for and connected to options after high school.

Recent News

Recent Grants

Collaborations

Detroit College Access Network

The citywide coordinating body for the college access and enrollment strategies in Detroit

Detroit Drives Degrees

A collective impact initiative to improve the talent pipeline in the Detroit region

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent

A developmentally appropriate summer youth employment opportunity to provide young people with valuable work experiences

Learning & Evaluation Reports

College & Career Pathways Team

Ashley Aidenbaum

Ashley Aidenbaum

Leads college and career access and success efforts as well as capacity building for in- and out-of-school efforts

Ashlee Schmidt

Ashlee Schmidt

Provides strategic support across the program team and Opportunity Agenda, supporting planning, alignment, measurement, and collaboration across Foundation units

Lindsey Barrett

Lindsey Barrett

Provides analytic and strategic support across the program team as well as leadership and oversight of the Cody Rouge Partnership