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Program Associate- AFCS

Department: FORUM
Location: Washington DC, DC

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Marylandís Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners. 

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions & Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund

The mission of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions is to support community collaboration - including collective impact - that enables communities to effectively address their most pressing challenges. The Forum works to accomplish this mission by pursuing four complementary strategies including: 1) building awareness by documenting and lifting up proven strategies and stories of success; 2) mobilizing stakeholders through knowledge and network development; 3) removing barriers by advocating for effective policy; and, 4) catalyzing investment by encouraging funder partnerships.

The Aspen Forum and the OYIF were launched to leverage the new visibility and momentum of the opportunity youth movement coming out of the White House Council on Community Solutions and its report Community Solutions for Opportunity Youth, which called for innovative, place-based, collaborative solutions to reconnect opportunity youth.

The Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) is the first funding collaborative launched by the Aspen Forum; itís overall goal is supporting a network of  urban, rural, and tribal communities with multi-year grants to design and scale multiple reconnection pathways that achieve better outcomes in education and employment for opportunity youth. By focusing on the development of educational and career pathways, the OYIF seeks to interrupt the multi-generational cycle of poverty that undermines the vibrancy and economic health of communities.

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The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions is seeking a Program Associate. As a key member of the Forum team, the Program Associate will work closely with the Executive Director and Vice President the Deputy Director and the Aspen Forum team, to ensure the Forum and Fund goals achieve measurable impact. The Program Associate position is the opportunity to work with an entrepreneurial team to support innovative models of community collaboratives.


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