We want to share some exciting news as Anne leaves the Irvine Foundation this week. After working individually and together for many years to improve the educational and economic outcomes for young people in California and across the country, and having watched the vision of Linked Learning take hold and become a reality in California, we have decided to more formally join forces. We believe that together we can address some of the persistent gaps we have all encountered in bringing this vision to scale, and that continue to keep us awake at night.
As of July 1, Anne will be joining the National Academy Foundation to spearhead a new venture designed to add jet fuel to our ongoing efforts to significantly increase corporate engagement and work-based learning opportunities for youth across the nation. We think the timing is right, too. We are seeing a heightened awareness among both employers and educators of the importance of work-based learning for young people and we want to direct more attention and resources to lean in to this moment in time. If we succeed, we ensure that many more youth gain entry into professional networks that will increase their social and career capital right alongside their educational credentials.
We are also hopeful that by building on the commitment and investment of NAF’s board of directors and long-standing partners, we can incite and inspire a heightened level of corporate engagement in creating equitable access and opportunity for more of our nation’s youth. That is the gap that we must close, and we are excited to have the chance to tackle it together – and, in partnership with all of you – as we expand on the promise of Linked Learning in California and beyond.
We hope you will join us on this exciting journey! Please share your thoughts and ideas with us at astanton[at]naf.org or jdhoye[at]naf.org .
Anne Stanton and JD Hoye
JD Hoye is the President of the National Academy Foundation (NAF). Ms. Hoye oversees a network of 667 college preparatory, career-themed academies in 38 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes – finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences – and work in partnership with over 5,600 business leaders.