There are 4.6 million opportunity youth who aspire to succeed but are locked out of the labor market without a path to a family-supporting wage, with dire consequences for them and for the country.
We now know what works for these young people: a rigorous, independent evaluation found that Back on Track postsecondary bridging implemented in Opportunity Works doubled the postsecondary enrollment rate of opportunity youth, and improved it six-fold for young men of color.
The Keys to Opportunity Works' Success
Put community-based organizations at the center of the work to assemble local partnerships, and provide them with expert coaching
Use a model that is specific enough to guide practice and flexible enough to be used in different contexts
Plan for scale and sustainability from day one.
Hire staff who can relate to young people and deliver quality programming