Work First is proud of the impressive research that Work First Fellows conduct each year. Every Fellowship class is asked to take a critical look at how workforce development policies and practices impact the clients that we serve. Fellows then present their innovative solutions in research papers and presentations. Work First welcomes any experienced researcher or policy expert to help mentor a Fellow through their research practice, as these young leaders break into the world of using research to find solutions to problems stemming from poverty.

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Advisory Council Expectations

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Work First pairs each Fellow with a research and policy adviser. We are seeking individuals who can provide, at a minimum, the following support:

  • Recommendations of 3 books or articles on poverty and unemployment in the United States for fellows to read.

  • One sit-down or telephone meeting with a Fellow to discuss their policy interests and connect them to the appropriate resources.

  • Review the Fellow's research and provide recommendations for improvement.


How to get involved?

Interested individuals should contact info@theworkfirst.org.