In our inaugural Issue Brief, Pathways to Progress: Setting the Stage for Impact (May 2015), we described the Citi Foundation's goals in each of these impact areas and early progress toward achieving these goals. In our Issue Brief, Pathways to Progress: The Portfolio and the Field of Youth Economic Opportunity (April 2016), we focused on impact in the field.
We provided an overview of current trends in the youth economic opportunity field, and shared how the Pathways to Progress grantees are responding, and contributing, to emerging youth economic opportunity field trends. In this Issue Brief, we focus on the second level of impact – the organization and program. We describe how the grantees are scaling their program models to enhance their reach. To provide context for the grantees' work in this area, we draw from literature on the topics of scaling, local program adaptation, partnerships, and data informed programming, as well as a series of interviews we conducted with leaders of organizations that have successfully scaled their programs, and key influencers in the youth development and economic opportunity fields ("bellwethers").