The Citi Foundation and America's Promise Alliance have announced grants totaling $3 million in support of innovative, scalable programs that connect youth to opportunities designed to increase their employability and prepare them for lifelong success.
To that end, one-year grants of $250,000 each were awarded through the Youth Opportunity Fund, part of the Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress initiative, to a dozen organizations in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
In New York, for example, the United Way of New York City, working with the mayor’s office and NYC Service, will use the funds to launch Expanding NYC Service Years, an initiative to mobilize two hundred new service members to contribute a year of full-time service to their community with the goal of helping them define their own pathways to success. And a second grant will enable New York City-based Per Scholas, which works to provide access to technology and education in underserved communities, to establish a scalable, borough-specific model and citywide training network that helps young adults finishes high school, attend college, and/or start a career.
"We are dealing with the mixed reality of our nation's high school graduation numbers increasing at unprecedented rates, while an estimated 5.6 million young people are not in school or employed," said John Gomperts, president and CEO of America's Promise. "The dozen Youth Opportunity Fund grantees are vital to connecting thousands of young people two opportunities that boost their ability to compete in today’s economy."
For a complete list of recipients and their projects, visit the America's Promise website.