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Gain Buy-In
Building the Business Case for Opportunity Youth Talent Pipelines
This business case framework highlights the metrics companies should track to understand the economic value of their commitments to opportunity youth talent development.
Grads of Life
Work-and-Learn in Action: Success Strategies for Employers
This guidebook introduces employers, educators and others to a range of options along the work-and-learn continuum to help them find an approach that works for their organization and community.
The National Network of Business and Industry Associations
CEB's Employer Playbook to Close Tech Talent Gap
Interested in learning how to recruit, hire, and develop tech talent from non-traditional sources? Check out CEB’s Employer Playbook, which includes best practices and tools to evaluate and improve your current technology talent hiring practices
CEB
Managing the Talent Pipeline: Employer Checklist
Want to develop a robust pipeline of young talent but not sure where to start? Here's a checklist to help you start considering how to create internal programs and start partnering with nonprofits and external organizations.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Missing Makers: How to Rebuild America's Manufacturing Workforce
The U.S. manufacturing workforce is aging rapidly, with half of the existing workforce only 10–15 years away from retirement. Yet, many American manufacturing employers are still struggling to build a new pipeline of workers, even as the youth unemployment rate remains above 16%, with nearly four million 16- to 24-year-old Americans looking for, but unable to find, work.
Hope Street Group, Alcoa Foundation
ROI & Cost-Benefit Analysis
Understanding the value of your company's investment in opportunity youth is important as it would be for any other business initiative.
Grads of Life
Gain Company Buy-In Guide
Show leaders that building en employment pathway is good for business - a win for your bottom line, your employees, your community and the opportunity youth being served.
Grads of Life
Why Companies Invest in "Grow Your Own" Talent Development Models
Investigates why companies invest significantly in workforce readiness for their lower-skilled and entry-level workers.
Corporate Voices for Working Families
Gain Executive Sponsorship Powerpoint Template
Framework template for employees to use with executive leadership to gain corporate buy-in for mentoring, internship, school-to-work or hiring investments.
Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
Halve the Gap by 2030 Youth Disconnection in America's Cities
Lays out the goal to cut the gaps between the most- and least-connected neighborhoods and between racial groups in half by 2030.
Measure of America
Make the Case To Your Leadership Powerpoint Deck
Use this template to gain corporate buy-in for mentoring, internship, school-to-work or hiring investments.
White House Council for Community Solutions
Dollars and Sense How "Career First" Programs Like Year Up Benefit Youth and Employers
Highlights the emerging partnership between leading businesses and Year Up to bridge the gap for both young people and employers.
Jobs for the Future
Driving Employer Demand for New Sources of Talent
Synthesizes the existing body of work on a demand-focused strategy to connect employers and opportunity youth and provides analysis of key leverage points to drive employer engagement and demand for these young adults.
Employment Pathways Project, Public Private Possibilities
Collective Impact for Opportunity Youth
Call-to-action for communities to bring together systems and stakeholders to improve outcomes for opportunity youth and to provide a high-level framework for a collective impact approach that will enable them to do so.
Corcoran, Mimi, et al.
Fact Sheet, Community Solutions for Opportunity Youth
Highlights key recommendations from the White House Council for Community Solutions report.
White House Council for Community Solutions
Hiring
Work-and-Learn in Action: Success Strategies for Employers
This guidebook introduces employers, educators and others to a range of options along the work-and-learn continuum to help them find an approach that works for their organization and community.
The National Network of Business and Industry Associations
Managing the Talent Pipeline: Employer Checklist
Want to develop a robust pipeline of young talent but not sure where to start? Here's a checklist to help you start considering how to create internal programs and start partnering with nonprofits and external organizations.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Hiring Guide
This guide provides a roadmap for any company that wants to build or expand a hiring program for opportunity youth.
Grads of Life
A Toolkit for Employers: Connecting Youth and Business
Guides employers, step-by-step, on working with opportunity youth.
Gap Inc., McKinsey & Company, Corporate Voices for Working Families, and the Taproot Foundation
National Roadmap for Opportunity Youth
Describes what is known about opportunity youth and the existing efforts at the local, state and national levels to help them reconnect.
Civic Enterprises
Internship
Work-and-Learn in Action: Success Strategies for Employers
This guidebook introduces employers, educators and others to a range of options along the work-and-learn continuum to help them find an approach that works for their organization and community.
The National Network of Business and Industry Associations
Internship Guide
This guide provides a roadmap for any company that wants to build or expand an internship program for opportunity youth.
Grads of Life
A Toolkit for Employers: Connecting Youth and Business
Guides employers, step-by-step, on working with opportunity youth.
Gap Inc., McKinsey & Company, Corporate Voices for Working Families, and the Taproot Foundation
Mentoring
Guide to Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color
The Guide serves as a supplement to the fourth edition of The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, and includes additional recommended practices focusing on boys and young men of color.
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA)
Work-and-Learn in Action: Success Strategies for Employers
This guidebook introduces employers, educators and others to a range of options along the work-and-learn continuum to help them find an approach that works for their organization and community.
The National Network of Business and Industry Associations
Mentoring Guide
This guide provides a roadmap for any company that wants to build or expand a mentoring program for opportunity youth.
Grads of Life
Mentor Mentee Contact Information
Form to track contact information between mentor and mentee.
Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
A Toolkit for Employers: Connecting Youth and Business
Guides employers, step-by-step, on working with opportunity youth.
Gap Inc., McKinsey & Company, Corporate Voices for Working Families, and the Taproot Foundation
Program Implementation Timeline
Timeline overview of milestones and activities for traditional mentoring initiative.
Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
Potential Challenges and Solutions
Overview of top challenges employers face when developing a mentoring initiative and potential solutions.
Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
Mentoring Communications Plan
Guidelines to developing a communications strategy for your company.
Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
First Meeting Form
Blank form for mentors to use to meet his/her mentee for the first time.
Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring
Provides six evidence-based standards for mentoring practice that incorporate the latest research.
Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
Activity Tracking Form
Mentoring activity log for mentor.
Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
Budget Items for a Mentoring Program
Budget worksheet for employers to plan and build a mentoring initiative.
Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
Top Tips for Mentoring Initiatives
Tips and information for traditional, group, team and e-mentoring.
Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
School-to-Work
Work-and-Learn in Action: Success Strategies for Employers
This guidebook introduces employers, educators and others to a range of options along the work-and-learn continuum to help them find an approach that works for their organization and community.
The National Network of Business and Industry Associations
School-to-Work Guide
This guide provides a roadmap for any company that wants to build or expand a school-to-work pathway for opportunity youth.
Grads of Life
A Talent Development Solution: Exploring Business Drivers and Returns in Learn and Earn Partnerships
Provides a summary of research identifying the practices, characteristics, and returns of innovative, business-led partnerships between employers and education providers.
Corporate Voices for Working Families
Common Goals Unique Strengths Education and Business Partnerships
Highlights the benefits of business and education partnerships, tips for engaging educators and business leaders and a case study illustrating these partnerships in action.
Corporate Voices for Working Families, American Association of School Administrators
Business and Community College Partnerships: A Blueprint
Correlation between education and work, combined with economic forecasts make partnerships between businesses and community colleges a smart solution that can mutually benefit employers, educators and individuals.
Corporate Voices for Working Families
A Toolkit for Employers: Connecting Youth and Business
Guides employers, step-by-step, on working with opportunity youth.
Gap Inc., McKinsey & Company, Corporate Voices for Working Families, and the Taproot Foundation
Choose a Partner
Partnership Process Overview
This partnership management tool outlines the roles of the employer and the workforce training provider in successfully collaborating to develop opportunity youth talent pipelines.
Managing the Talent Pipeline: Employer Checklist
Want to develop a robust pipeline of young talent but not sure where to start? Here's a checklist to help you start considering how to create internal programs and start partnering with nonprofits and external organizations.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
How to Choose a Partner Organization
No matter what employment pathway you're interested in pursuing, partner organizations can help you reach your business goals.
Grads of Life
Partner Identification Litimus Test
Overview of eight underlying themes that have emerged from the study of successful business and community partnerships.
Corporate Voices for Working Families
The Partnering Toolbook
Overview of essential elements that make for effective partnering.
International Business Leaders Forum
The Art of Effective Business & Non-Profit Partnerships
Explores the characteristics of cross-sector collaboration.
Corporate Voices for Working Families
Opportunities in the Workforce Readiness Pipeline A Community Engagement Toolkit for Business
Assists business leaders in cultivating relationships with community leaders, building foundations for success community partnerships and aligning a business' community initiatives to increase return on investment.
Corporate Voices for Working Families, Workforce Strategy Center, and United Way Worldwide
ROI
Building the Business Case for Opportunity Youth Talent Pipelines
This business case framework highlights the metrics companies should track to understand the economic value of their commitments to opportunity youth talent development.
Grads of Life
Work-and-Learn in Action: Success Strategies for Employers
This guidebook introduces employers, educators and others to a range of options along the work-and-learn continuum to help them find an approach that works for their organization and community.
The National Network of Business and Industry Associations
CEB's Employer Playbook to Close Tech Talent Gap
Interested in learning how to recruit, hire, and develop tech talent from non-traditional sources? Check out CEB’s Employer Playbook, which includes best practices and tools to evaluate and improve your current technology talent hiring practices
CEB
ROI & Cost-Benefit Analysis
Understanding the value of your company's investment in opportunity youth is important as it would be for any other business initiative.
Grads of Life

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