Work First searches for ways to pioneer solutions to poverty alleviation. Whether by running innovative Demonstration Programs, conducting evaluations of existing programs, or researching opportunities for policy progress, we help low-income individuals reach a point of self-sufficiency.

Where We Work

We run Demonstration Programs and our Fellowship Program in cities across the country.

What We Have Achieved

  • 100% of Work First programs are pay-for-performance, meaning we only get paid when a person gets and keeps a job


  • Placed nearly 700 formerly incarcerated individuals into jobs


  • Provided employment support services to 1200 SNAP recipients in Washington, D.C.



  • Helped place more than 10,000 people in the workforce


  • Launched the Work First Fellowship in 2011 as a service year for young professionals


  • Facilitated policy discussions and the sharing of best practices in workforce development and poverty alleviation