With a $250,000 grant from USA Funds®, LeadersUp​ is expanding its work assisting so-called disconnected young adults in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Also referred to as “opportunity youth,” these young adults, between age 16-24, are neither working nor in school — leaving them without the means to establish adult independence. LeadersUp creates a pipeline of talent for employers and career pathways for opportunity youth.
Through its three-year project “The Future at Work: Building a Competitive Economy,” LeadersUp is partnering with employers in Chicago and LA to determine workplace needs. Then LeadersUp will launch pilot programs that train opportunity youth for employment that addresses those needs — and establish career pathways for at least 250 young adults.
Data collected and research conducted as part of the pilot project will inform a report that examines the value of hiring opportunity youth, and how employers can lead the way in connecting opportunity youth with careers.
This project builds on previous USA Funds-supported work by LeadersUp in Chicago and LA, transitioning college graduates to careers related to their fields of study and enlisting employers to share the skills needed for their employees’ success.
The grant to LeadersUp supports USA Funds’ focus on Completion With a Purpose® by providing disconnected young adults to work experience to enhance their success in postsecondary training and careers, and by helping employers to play a more central role in the content, delivery and assessment of the quality of education and training.