4.6 million 16-24 year olds in the United States are not in school and not working. Some describe them as “disconnected.” We see pure potential.

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

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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.

There is a growing group of young people who are disconnected from the systems that were built to serve them. Research shows that young people who are not connected to employment and education by the age of 25 are at risk of experiencing poverty and unemployment. This is unacceptable and we are committed to changing this trend. We believe that this generation of young people is the future of our country, and that their potential should not be determined by zip code.

Many have the desire and talent to change their lives and positively impact others. They are our future leaders, innovators, and policymakers, and opening the door to their first job can unlock all of this potential.

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.


Opportunity in action.

  • 1,000,000

    Hired by 2021

  • 500,000

    Mentorships established by 2022

  • 173,000

    Opportunity Youth hired through the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ since its launch in August 2015

  • 30,000

    Job-ready Opportunity Youth by year-end 2018

  • 17,500

    Opportunity Youth participated in 100,000 Opportunities Initiative job fairs in six cities

  • 300+

    Community-based organizations involved

  • 50+

    Corporate Partners—Working to prepare, hire and support Opportunity Youth

  • Christian

    100,000 Opportunities Initiative—D.C. | Nordstrom

    I knew I was going to get something today. Here I am—I got something.

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  • Lashay

    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.

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