Improve academic outcomes by ensuring youth have quality afterschool and summer experiences that foster leadership development, success in school, and planning for future careers.
Create opportunities for youth to build soft skills that employers prefer — such as comprehensive work-based learning programs like apprenticeships, which advance work-readiness and lead to longer-term career opportunities.
Help youth and their families build financial literacy skills, develop savings plans, and navigate the complexities of college funding as well as post-secondary education selection and application.
Increase equitable access to food, shelter and transportation — the fundamentals that all children need to learn and thrive.
Opportunity youth are those ages 16 to 24 who fall outside of college and career pipelines. Factors like financial instability and lack of access to healthcare impact a young person’s ability to take advantage of traditional pathways to success in school and work. An overwhelming percentage of these youth are BIPOC.
CareerReady ATL, our youth workforce training initiative, matches young people with apprenticeships that provide them with the training, experience, and support needed to transition to adulthood. Click the button below to learn more.