Bringing Together Employers and Opportunity Youth
Grads of Life is a national initiative that catalyzes market demand for Opportunity Youth by transforming employer perceptions and hiring practices. Our innovative focus on the demand side of the talent marketplace harnesses the power of the private sector to catalyze an employer-led movement to build talent pipelines that are inclusive of Opportunity Youth.
Grads of Life envisions a future in which a functioning talent marketplace means that there are no longer 6 million Opportunity Youth without employment while 7 million middle-skills jobs go unfilled. For this to happen, all employers must see Opportunity Youth as a key component of their talent strategy and build talent pipelines into their companies that support the hiring, training and development of these young adults.
We pursue an integrated strategy that includes a national multi-media campaign designed to shift employer perceptions; a digital platform where employers can find the information, tools, and partners they need to take action; individual, association, and sector level partnerships with employers to create Opportunity Youth talent pipelines; and research the business case for creating pipelines to demonstrate a return on investment. We know that Opportunity Youth will only have access to meaningful careers if the private sector is engaged and companies see Opportunity Youth as a viable solution for their talent needs.
Grads of Life is here to help employers develop a pool of candidates who are driven, motivated and ready to work from day one.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supported the development of this site through the New Options Project, a $28 million investment designed to create innovative tools for linking job-seeking young adults with meaningful career opportunities and connecting employers with highly qualified, entry-level talent.
The Grads of Life Campaign
The Grads of Life campaign is a national multi-media public service announcement (PSA), created in collaboration with the Ad Council. The objective of the PSA is to shift employer perceptions of Opportunity Youth and to spur employers to change their business practices so that their talent pipelines are inclusive of Opportunity Youth. The campaign includes video, radio, print, outdoor and digital assets, which are available for use in donated media space or for educational purposes.
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Year Up’s 5th Annual Talent Solutions Forum
An invite-only convening of leaders from more than 20 of America’s top companies to share how they have Unleashed the Power of Untapped Talent by creating sustainable career pathways for Opportunity Youth.
Close It Annual Summit 2017
This year, the focus of Innovate+Educate’s annual summit is “Shift Happens: Revolution.” Bringing together employers, educators, technologists and training providers, Close It is an opportunity to discuss the shift from train + assess = hire = success to assess for interest & competencies + hire for potential + train for skills = success.
LinkedIn Talent Connect
Talent Connect is a three day event to elevate and inspire talent acquisition professionals to re-imagine their own future, as well as the future of their companies.