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Content Type: Blog Post

  • Career Readiness: How Can We Impact Millions of Teens Immediately?

    Career Readiness: How Can We Impact Millions of Teens Immediately?

    Sadly, many of our kids today are just not adequately prepared to make informed, confident decisions about what they want to do after high school. For the last few years, as part of our mission to change the way kids learn about careers and navigate a path for postsecondary education and career success, we‘ve funded promising […]

  • Best Practices and Considerations for Career Readiness Learning

    Best Practices and Considerations for Career Readiness Learning

    It’s estimated that Gen Z will comprise about 30% of the workforce by 2030. Are we doing enough to ensure that the next generation is career-ready? What can we, as caring adults, do to ensure that we’re setting young people up for success? And how do these considerations change specifically for female-identifying youth? While in-class […]

  • The Impact of Early Career Exploration

    The Impact of Early Career Exploration

    During the recent SXSW EDU Conference in Austin, Texas, ASA’s Julie Lammers, SVP of Advocacy and Corporate Social Responsibility, sat down for an interview with the “Better Careers, Better Lives” podcast host, Doug Donovan, founder and CEO of Interplay Learning. The podcast features “leaders in education, technology, and the skilled trade industries, and how they […]

  • How We Can Scale Gen Z’s Entrepreneurial Spirit into Fruitful Careers

    How We Can Scale Gen Z’s Entrepreneurial Spirit into Fruitful Careers

    There’s no denying Gen Z has an entrepreneurial spirit. In fact, more than half of Gen Z students say they aspire to be entrepreneurs. As digital natives with greater access to information and resources than previous generations, it’s no wonder this generation is particularly fired up about starting their own businesses over working in traditional nine-to-five jobs […]

  • The State We’re In: Career Readiness in America

    The State We’re In: Career Readiness in America

    During this year’s ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego, ASA’s SVP of Advocacy and Corporate Social Responsibility, Julie Lammers, moderated an insightful panel discussion on the condition of career readiness, whether we are properly preparing students for the future, and if not, how we can fill the gaps. The first of its kind, the Coalition for […]

  • Best Practice in Youth Work-based Learning: Address Common Barriers

    Best Practice in Youth Work-based Learning: Address Common Barriers

    In part three of our blog post series on best practices for youth work-based learning, we explore how some states are solving for the universal issues that can impede the widescale adoption of on-the-job learning experiences for high school students. Our state-by-state research has found that while different regions can face unique challenges in implementing work-based learning […]

  • Best Practice in Youth Work-based Learning: Support Access for Underserved Students

    Best Practice in Youth Work-based Learning: Support Access for Underserved Students

    ASA is committed to increasing awareness of state policies and practices that are successfully encouraging and supporting high-quality work-based learning experiences at the high school level. Our recent guide, High School Work-based Learning: Best Practices Designed to Improve Career Readiness Outcomes for Today’s Youth, highlights examples from states across the country that are leading the way in […]

  • The Winners of Solve Together 2.0 Showcase Gen Z Ingenuity

    The Winners of Solve Together 2.0 Showcase Gen Z Ingenuity

    It’s truly incredible what young people are capable of when given an opportunity to think outside the box and create real-world plans for real-world problems. It is the crux of our mission to ASA: to increase access to highly engaging career readiness learning experiences that foster students’ understanding of postsecondary education and career pathways. That’s […]

  • Best Practices in Youth Work-based Learning: Ensure Broad Eligibility and Widespread Equitable Access

    Best Practices in Youth Work-based Learning: Ensure Broad Eligibility and Widespread Equitable Access

    At American Student Assistance, our goal is to increase the number of states committed to ensuring all youth younger than 18 have equitable access to robust, high-quality work-based learning programs, with policies in place to support program funding, infrastructure, quality, and accountability. To that end, we recently released the comprehensive guide, High School Work-based Learning: Best […]

  • Gen Z Career Learning is about Agency, Voice, and Choice

    Gen Z Career Learning is about Agency, Voice, and Choice

    Gen Z is a generation like no other — and when it comes to their future planning, they want us to listen. In fact, 67% of Gen Zers say they don’t want to be told what to do in planning their futures, and only half say they want to attend a traditional four-year college. So […]