Image of the court house

Insights

In Massachusetts, Investors are Betting on Immigrants

Imogen Rose-Smith

Economic Mobility

The Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement project is a Pay for Success initiative focused on improving employment opportunities for immigrants. A joint venture between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), and Social Finance, the project is backed by $12.43 million in equity capital. This article describes how the initiative is improving employment prospects for limited English speakers.

Read the article in Institutional Investor →


Over the next three years, the state plans to assist approximately 2,000 adults in the greater Boston area by providing them with vocational English-language classes, integrated with job search assistance and coaching, with the aim of getting these limited English speakers — especially documented immigrants and refugees ­— into higher-wage jobs and higher education programs.

Related Insight

JVS and Social Finance Reflect on Significant Gains for Immigrant Learners in Massachusetts Pay for Success Project
MA pay for success participants standing in front of bookshelf

JVS and Social Finance Reflect on Significant Gains for Immigrant Learners in Massachusetts Pay for Success Project

On Nov. 18, 2020, JVS hosted an economic forum “Pay for Success: Working Toward Economic Advancement” to celebrate results from the Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Project, a workforce development partnership launched in 2017 with…

Jenny Zhao