With a job, I can do everything I need to do…it’ll help me start a life on my own.
100,000 Opportunities Initiative—Dallas
We partner with like-minded businesses and community-based organizations to build a new approach to youth development and economic mobility. Already, we are seeing results that will last a lifetime.
More than four million young people, or one in seven, are disconnected from our economy. These youth, often referred to as Opportunity Youth, are neither in work nor school. Most of these young people are looking for a job or opportunity to give them a sense of purpose and start them on their path to success but are lacking the supports required to secure and thrive in a job.
Through our Opportunity Youth initiative, we forge unique partnerships and invest in clear pathways to employment. By focusing on both traditional and innovative programs such as mentorship, access to housing, job readiness and community connections, the Foundation helps close the opportunity gap for these young people so they, in turn, can build communities and families that prosper into the next generation.
Jobs by 2021
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ wants to hire a million opportunity youth by 2021. We’ll achieve this through a mix of demonstration city hiring programs, Opportunity Fairs, and joblaunch.org, a new digital hiring platform.
Millions of Opportunity Youth would like to be working but are unable or unsure how to take the first steps. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ helps them prepare for and land their first job.
Opportunity in action.
national employers are part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™
The number of Opportunity Youth hired through the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ since its launch in August 2015
Community-based organizations involved
Youth participated in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ in seven cities
Job-ready Opportunity Youth by year-end 2018
by 2021 hired
100,000 Opportunities Initiative—D.C. | Nordstrom
I knew I was going to get something today. Here I am—I got something.
100,000 Opportunities Initiatives—Dallas | Walgreens
Working at Walgreens as a pharmacy tech helps me prepare for my dream job – being a psychiatrist or a social worker.