JFYNetWorks was founded in 1976 under the name Jobs For Youth to help high school dropouts find jobs. During the 1980s JFY developed a competency-based instructional system that led to a GED program and an alternative high school. In the 1990s, JFY developed pioneering skill training programs in biotechnology, entrepreneurship, health care, financial services and environmental technology. In 2000, JFY applied its competency-based educational techniques to MCAS preparation and introduced the use of instructional technology. This program was called JFYNet. In 2003 the agency changed its name to JFYNetWorks. Throughout its 35 year history of innovative education and training, JFYNetWorks has applied its expertise and resources in the most effective ways possible to address the root causes of underemployment, disenfranchisement and poverty.