The Work First Foundation is an innovative research laboratory that seeks to identify approaches that successfully lead to meaningful employment for people on public assistance.
Sharing research results and advocating the Work First method improves efficiency in the field. The foundation hosts summits in Washington D.C. to share findings with government officials, job training programs and policy experts.
The Work First Foundation conducts demonstration programs that test the effectiveness of the Work First strategy as the best way to create self sustainability. These programs, which have connected more than 5,000 unemployed individuals to jobs, have broad implications for expansion nationwide.
Find out about our organization, mission, methods, and the results of our fight against poverty.
The Literacy and Research Fellowship powered by the Work First Foundation connects young professionals with urban poverty and public policy. During their service year Fellows become a trusted face for unemployed adults seeking high school equivalency preparation, computer literacy, job training or advice on finding work. Fellows conduct research projects on real world obstacles facing those on public assistance and share their findings with policy makers, educators, and business leaders.