4.5 million 16- to 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.

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.


Opportunity in action.

  • 50+

    national employers are part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™

  • 200,000

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

  • 300+

    Community-based organizations involved

  • 17,500

    Youth participated in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ in seven cities

  • 30,000

    Job-ready Opportunity Youth by year-end 2018

  • 1,000,000

    by 2021 hired

  • 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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