Supporting Research
to Improve the Lives of Young People

The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research to ensure that young people from diverse backgrounds reach their fullest potential.

Bottom Line - College Graduation

College Graduation is the Bottom Line for the “New Forgotten Half”

Ruth Genn of the Bottom Line, a recipient of one of the Foundation’s Youth Service Improvement Grants, illustrates one of the key findings of “The New Forgotten Half”: the importance of counseling in helping disadvantaged students to and through college.

Youth Services Improvement Grants

Apply Now for a Youth Services Improvement Grant

Our Youth Service Improvement Grants program supports activities intended to improve the quality of services for young people ages 5 to 25 in the five boroughs of New York City. The application deadline is March 11, 2015.


Research-Practice Partnerships Microsite

We've launched a new microsite to serve as a “one stop shop” for building and maintaining successful collaborations between researchers and practitioners in education. The resource-rich site is a collaboration with the Forum for Youth Investment, and is a culmination of the Foundation’s learning community of research–practice partnerships, which was convened twice annually from 2012-2014



The New Forgotten Half and Research Directions to Support Them

In “The New Forgotten Half and Research Directions to Support Them,” James Rosenbaum and colleagues discuss the obstacles that lead nearly half of community college students to drop out before earning a credential. The authors reveal that youth with only “some college" fare no better in the labor market than those with a high school diploma alone, and point to areas of research that could prove pivotal in improving the odds that students will leave college with credentials that help them get ahead.