Thrive Chicago is the local backbone organization for the 100,000 Demonstration Cities working with more than 150 partner organizations to develop the opportunity youth talent pipeline. Thrive Chicago recently co-led a city wide opportunity youth summit bringing together a broad range of key stakeholders to align on strategies to reconnect 10,000 of these young people to education and employment by 2020. The 100K Demonstration Cities effort builds on Thrive Chicago’s role as backbone in the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund.
Los Angeles/LA County
Three organizations each play a critical role in leading the local 100,000 Opportunities Initiative – Demonstration Cities. The Alliance for Children’s Rights, LeadersUp and the City of Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce work in close partnership to engage employers and prepare the opportunity youth pipeline. The collaboration has a special focus on youth who are aging out of the foster care system, known as Transition Age Youth (TAY). Los Angeles has one of the highest rates of TAY in the country. The collaborative aims to reconnect 650 of these young people to employment over three years building on The Alliance for Children’s Rights’ role as the backbone in the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund.
Opportunities for Youth (OFY) is the 100K backbone leading the work to reconnect 3,000 opportunity youth to employment over three years. OFY’s network of reconnection centers has developed a set of performance standards that are a model for the rest of the country. Housed in Maricopa County Education Service Administration (MCESA), OFY benefits from direct links to governmental institutions helping to align systems and share data.
New Orleans: As the local 100K Demonstration City lead, EMPLOY Collaborative at the Cowen Institute/Tulane University builds on its role as the backbone for the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund. EMPLOY has developed a successful, innovative “earn and learn” program training and placing opportunity youth in jobs at Tulane University. In March 2017, Cowen Institute held a citywide Opportunity Fair for more than 200 opportunity youth, connecting them to national and local employers and a multitude of support services and educational opportunities. Over the next three years, this effort aims to connect 1,000 opportunity youth to employment.
Educurious leads the 100K Demonstration City effort which aims to connect 1,050 opportunity youth with education-friendly jobs and job-friendly education pathways over three years. Educurious is a partner and subcontractor with the Community Center for Education Results (CCER), the backbone organization for the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund. CCER leads the data driven Roadmap Project in Seattle and South King County to change the educational outcomes for the region’s most disadvantaged students.