One-year grants of $250,000 each were awarded through the foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative in support of programs aimed at connecting urban youth between the ages 16 and 24 to opportunities that increase their employability and prepare them to compete and thrive. The Youth Opportunity Fund supports programs that address youth unemployment through partnerships with municipal governments and collaborations with industry collaborations, with a focus on organizations in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
The 2016 cohort of Youth Opportunity Fund recipients will offer opportunities in construction, clean technology, and communications. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 is more than 10 percent, with over six million young people disconnected from school and work.
"Our young people don't lack intelligence or ambition or potential," said Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. "They just need someone to give them a chance. With the support of the Citi Foundation and America's Promise Alliance, the Youth Opportunity Fund provides that chance for thousands of young people each year."
For a complete list of the 2016 recipients, see the America's Promise website.