Across the country, partnerships between community-based organizations, employers, and other key stakeholders are forming to improve the life prospects of the 4.9 million opportunity youth who are disconnected from both education and work. This toolkit is designed to help these organizations put youth on a path to employment.
What You'll Learn
With 1 in 7 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 out of school and out of work, there is an undiscovered pool of talent that employers can tap into and that community-based organizations and other intermediaries can support into employment.
Who This is For
Employers looking to engage more opportunity youth from within their communities can find information here. Leaders of community-based organizations and other intermediaries will learn important steps to develop paths to guide these youth. This toolkit can help both types of organizations do what it takes.
Working together, people like us can improve the prospects of these 4.9 million youth, increasing their prosperity and success, as well as that of our economy.
Get started with our learning modules
If you are a backbone organization or a collaborative member hoping to understand your community’s workforce needs so that you can develop a local strategy, go to Module One: Understanding Workforce Needs. If you are ready to develop your approach to building out paths to employment for opportunity youth, go to Module Three: Developing a Community Strategy.
If you are an employer seeking to understand the community partners that can help you with recruiting, preparing, hiring, and retaining employees, go to Module Two: Understanding the Talent Pipeline. If you are seeking to understand how best to recruit, hire, and retain opportunity youth, go to: Module Six: Shifting Company Policies.
If you are ready to take specific steps to build out paths to employment for opportunity youth, go to Module Five: Building Out Paths to Employment.
Learn more about the 100,000 Opportunities Demonstration Cities Initiative.
In order to develop strong pathways for opportunity youth, it’s important for backbone organizations and other community organizations and intermediaries to understand regional workforce needs.
Employers seeking to hire opportunity youth do not have to go it alone—communities have a range of entities that can help with recruitment, employment preparation, skill development, and even retention supports. These services and supports can be provided by community-based organizations, other skill training providers, and community colleges.
Opportunity youth find themselves outside mainstream education and workforce institutions at a critical and vulnerable time in their lives. Creating a path for them back into the workforce requires a community approach that considers what specific populations of opportunity youth to target, the existing employment pathways on which to build, and the political will and system supports that offer opportunities for leverage.
This module is under development.
A backbone, its collaborative partners, and employers each play specific roles in connecting opportunity youth to employment. Partnerships between these entities are especially critical to ensure coordination in creating pathways to employment.
Employers seeking to change practices and policies in order to boost retention know that doing so is not only good for employees; reducing turnover and retaining talent is good business.