About the Initiative

Equitable Futures works towards a world in which young people’s voices and experiences are centered in work meant to serve them, wherein all young people have the agency, connections, skills, and credentials to thrive in the workforce and to live a good life.

“By 25 hopefully I will be successful in my career. Nursing, hopefully. Have my own apartment. I will be living in the city…. I want to start a family in my late, late 20s. I want to travel; I love traveling. By 45 hopefully I will still be successful in my career and actually working somewhere…And I will be living the mom life and I will have my own home.” – Belle Glade, FL, Hispanic female, 17-21, lower income

In 2020, Equitable Futures focused on studying the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people’s thinking about their educational and employment goals, as well as young people’s involvement in social change activism and movements. You can learn more about the COVID-19 impacts research here

Equitable Futures is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of its Building Equitable Pathways portfolio. Building Equitable Pathways focuses on helping students accelerate across critical transition points in their education to employment pathways so they can achieve economic mobility.

“I want to be traveling. I am not sure what I will be doing, but I like helping people…maybe a psychologist. I want to live near the beach. I want to be around nature where it is peaceful…I want to be helping people feel better with their emotions.” – Los Angeles, CA, White female, 15-18, lower income