Second Round of Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Grants Awarded

The Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions has announced a second round of grants in support of community-based efforts to reconnect youth to education and employment opportunities.

In 2013, OYIF awarded grants totaling $6 million to twenty-one cities and counties to engage youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither enrolled in school nor working. The nineteen communities that received one-year planning grants in the initial funding round will receive new awards to continue their efforts to reconnect these "opportunity youth" to their communities through public-private collaborations that connect the various systems that touch their lives and create effective pathways to jobs and long-term success.

To that end, the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions plans to provide up to $13 million in support to the twenty-one sites over the five-year course of the fund, which was launched by the Aspen Institute in 2012.

"One system alone cannot address the great challenges facing young people with some of the worst odds in life, such as youth who have been involved with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems," said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. "The collective impact approach holds great promise, aligning multiple systems to better support these young people’s needs and interests and give them a real shot at succeeding in school and in life. We look forward to the evidence and lessons that will emerge from these community efforts in the coming years."

For a complete list of OYIF grantee communities, visit the Aspen Institute website.