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Investing in Entry-Level Talent

This guide provides strategies, best practices, and the business benefits for retaining entry-level employees.

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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.

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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 tale...

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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 b...

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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 o...

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CEB Employer Playbook

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...

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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 sta...

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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 employer...

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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.

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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.

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Internship Guide

This guide provides a roadmap for any company that wants to build or expand an internship program for Opportunity Youth.

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Hiring Guide

This guide provides a roadmap for any company that wants to build or expand a hiring program for Opportunity Youth.

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Gain Company Buy-In

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.

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Mentoring Guide

This guide provides a roadmap for any company that wants to build or expand a mentoring program for Opportunity Youth.

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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.

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Mentor Mentee Contact Information

Form to track contact information between mentor and mentee.

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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.

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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.

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Potential Challenges and Solutions

Overview of top challenges employers face when developing a mentoring initiative and potential solutions.

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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.

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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 ac...

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The Partnering Toolbook

Overview of essential elements that make for effective partnering.

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Partner Identification Litmus Test

Overview of eight underlying themes that have emerged from the study of successful business and community partnerships.

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Mentoring Communications Plan

Guidelines to developing a communications strategy for your company.

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First Meeting Form

Blank form for mentors to use to meet his/her mentee for the first time.

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Activity Tracking Form

Mentoring activity log for mentor.

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Dollars and Sense How Career First Programs

Highlights the emerging partnership between leading businesses and Year Up to bridge the gap for both young people and employers.

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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 collect...

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Fact Sheet, Community Solutions for Opportunity Youth

Highlights key recommendations from the White House Council for Community Solutions report.

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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' communit...

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News Story

More Than What's On Paper: My Journey To Success Was A Pathway To Finding Me

Let me tell you a story, one that is nonlinear and begins after a loving Korean family living in Harlem,...

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Hilton Celebrates World Youth Skills Day

Travel and tourism is the fastest growing job sector in the world, with 86 million new jobs projected to be filled globally by 2026. At...

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Advancing Apprenticeships

This article was initially published on Inside Higher ED.

A few weeks ago, President Trump announced plans for advancing apprenticeships and work-based learning...

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A Job Training Initiative The Trump Administration Should Support

Donald Trump was elected president, in part, because of his success at speaking to the indignity that many working-class Americans...

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Strong Social Enterprises Boost Individual Lives And The Nation's Economy

When the baseball season started and new youth started their jobs at our sites in Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco, and...

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company Case Study

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Seeking to build a diverse and talented future workforce while enhancing opportunities for undeserved communities PG&E formed a partnership with non-profit Genesys Works.

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A Landmark Event To Connect Chicago's Youth To Career Opportunity

A purposeful energy and determination was palpable at LeadersUp’s Chicago Career 360: The Experience. Young adults from across the Chicagoland...

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How State Street Builds Partnerships To Strengthen Boston's Future Workforce

According to the Boston Private Industry Council, early participation in the workforce has positive, long-term impacts...

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How To Address Bias In The Workplace

Following my last article on workforce diversity, I want to hone in on a specific issue that affects many hiring decisions today, and that is unconscious bias. Unconscious bias refers...

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Aspen Institute Summit Offers New Solutions For Expanding Opportunity

This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post

In America today, the...

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Technology Executives Model Best Practices For Attracting, Developing And Retaining Diverse Talent

In 2016, Per Scholas and the Information Technology Senior Management...

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How Colaberry Uses Data Science To Address The Skills Gap

The Colaberry School of Data Analytics provides pathways into data analytics careers through training, mentoring, and job placement at scale through its platform. Colaberry programs...

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News Story

Great Management Is Great Mentoring: Effective Practices For Managers Of Youth Interns

Most of us can recount quite vividly our very first work experience. Some of us may remember it fondly while...

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News Story

Our National Resilience Depends On Bold Cybersecurity Leaders

A continuously growing architecture of networks, systems, and assets creates unseen ties between each of us. While these digital connections...

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Leading Employers Gather To Innovate Hiring Strategies With Community And Business Impact

At the end of March, influential employers –  including T-Mobile, Gap Inc., and McDonalds* – came to New Orleans for...

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Skill Assessment

State Street, UBS & Rollins are leveraging our training providers to pre-screen interns.

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What We Can Learn From The UK's Approach To Apprenticeship

This piece was originally published as part of the Apprenticeship Forward series on the New America website. 

If you ask a...

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News Story

Four Ways That Technology Can Reinvent Work In The Digital Age

In the 1800s, it was machine-powered looms that replaced human hand weavers. Today, digital technology is disrupting work for working...

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Taking 'Hire Character, Train Skill' From Theory To Practice

“Hire character; train skill.”

This saying has never rung truer than in today’s economy. The necessary...

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How JPMorgan Chase Supports Young Men Of Color On Path To College

Navigating the path to college can be overwhelming for youth and their families.  Between researching and narrowing down...

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Why Higher Education Institutions Need Smarter Cloud Technologies

The Missing Higher Education Marketplace

The economy today produces voluminous digital information and this information fuels market behavior. Prior to...

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Employers Are Overlooking Non-Traditional Candidates And It's Costing Them

Employers - how many times have you turned down a young candidate due to their lack of “traditional” qualifications?

If...

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The Human Element: 5 Steps For Creating A Truly Inclusive Work Culture

Employee diversity is a good thing for companies. Several studies show that diverse and inclusive companies...

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AT&T's Diverse Mentoring Relationships Accelerate Employee Engagement

According to a 2015 Gallup report that includes data from over 80,000 employee interviews, employee engagement...

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Why Companies Should Invest More In The Retention Of Entry-Level Employees

In the years since the Great Recession, unemployment levels have fallen across the United States, while economic growth in the...

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Why We Must Work Together To Close The Great Cyber Divide

“I work to feed my family, I volunteer to feed my soul”author unknown

Our 2nd Annual National Conference of the International Consortium of Minority...

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News Story

How To Make High-Quality Jobs Available To More Americans

This post originally appeared on the Aspen Institute blog as "How to Increase Access to and Availability of Good Jobs."

Paul...

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News Story

Three Ways To Close The Gap For Youth In The Middle East And North Africa

In a region that seems constantly in flux, one aspect of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) remains distressingly...

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The Changing Nature Of Work And How Smart Companies Are Adapting

Last year my mom and dad retired after 39 and 41 years of teaching. My mom taught high school health...

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Helping Youth And Working Adults In The New Skills Economy Is Not A Zero Sum Game

Not too long ago, The Chronicle of Higher Education referred to the “skills gap” as “the phrase that launched a...

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Year Up: Boston

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Year Up Boston seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their pot...

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Juma Ventures

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In 1993, Juma Ventures became the first nonprofit organization to own and operate a commercial franchise, a Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop that provided jobs to a handful ...

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LeadersUp

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Established in 2013 by the Starbucks Corporation and launched by some of its largest U.S. suppliers, the mission of LeadersUp is to bridge the divide between the untap...

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NPower

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NPower mobilizes the tech community and provides individuals, nonprofits and schools the opportunity to build tech skills and achieve their potential.

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Urban Alliance

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Headquartered in Washington, DC, Urban Alliance partners with businesses to provide youth in under-resourced communities a continuum of services that include: 1) profe...

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Genesys Works: National Capital Region

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Genesys Works is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that enables inner-city high school students to break through barriers and discover through meaningful work ex...

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Per Scholas: National Capital Region

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Per Scholas is a national nonprofit organization that generates powerful technology education, training and career opportunities for people who are un- and underemploy...

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Goodwill Easter Seals | Miami Valley

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YouthBuild Boston

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YouthBuild Boston (YBB) was founded in 1990 with the goal of providing underserved young people with the support and credentials needed to successfully enter the trade...

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All Stars Project

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The All Star project seeks to serve inner-city youth through its three-pronged commitments: community, performance, and creativity. All Star's project houses a robust ...

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i.c.stars

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i.c.stars was founded in 1999 to develop 1,000 community leaders by 2020. i.c.stars targets a particular population of young adults that is not being effectively serve...

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FareStart

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FareStart is a solution to some of our society's most pressing challenges—homelessness, joblessness, poverty and hunger. This model works because we are both an effect...

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Bridges from School to Work

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Established in 1989 by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Bridges from School to Work (Bridges) engages employers, schools, community resources, you...

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St. Louis Job Corps Center

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Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan's Heartland, Inc.

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Goodwill Industries International was founded in 1902. Currently, they do work in Battle Creek and Jackson counties. Currently, they offer various Youth training progr...

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YouthBuild Quincy and Training Resources of America, Inc.

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YouthBuild is designed to provide low-income, out-of-school youth, aged 16-24 with an opportunity to transform their lives and become contributing partners in the comm...

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AfterCollege

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AfterCollege has a lofty vision: to help every college student and recent graduate discover their career path. In our 15 year history, AfterCollege has become the lar...

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National Guard Youth Foundation

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The National Guard Youth Foundation (NGYF) is a private Foundation that supports over 9,000 drug-free high school aged “at-risk” youth ages 16 to 18. These are youth t...

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Taco Bell Foundation for Teens

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Taco Bell is a brand with a purpose … to feed people’s lives with más: más flavor, más heart and más value. Taco Bells puts their heart into everything they do and is ...

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National Academy Foundation

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The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. NAF is...

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Tulsa Job Corps

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Tulsa Job Corps helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. At no cost to them or their fa...

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Summer Search: Bay Area

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Summer Search was built on the idea that all young people should have the chance to rise to life's full promise, regardless of their circumstances. For too many low-in...

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Year Up: Dallas

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Summer Search: Boston

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Summer Search was built on the idea that all young people should have the chance to rise to life's full promise, regardless of their circumstances. For too many low-in...

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Summer Search: Silicon Valley

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Summer Search was built on the idea that all young people should have the chance to rise to life's full promise, regardless of their circumstances. For too many low-in...

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Summer Search: North San Francisco Bay

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Summer Search was built on the idea that all young people should have the chance to rise to life's full promise, regardless of their circumstances. For too many low-in...

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Weber Basin Job Corps Center

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Summer Search: Seattle

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Summer Search was built on the idea that all young people should have the chance to rise to life's full promise, regardless of their circumstances. For too many low-in...

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Summer Search: Philadelphia

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Summer Search was built on the idea that all young people should have the chance to rise to life's full promise, regardless of their circumstances. For too many low-in...

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Finger Lakes Works

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The mission of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) is to improve the economic well being of job seekers and employers in the region by aligning human ...

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