This Wednesday, September 19th Opportunity Nation, a national campaign comprised of over 250 organizations across different sectors working to facilitate greater social mobility in the U.S, will hold a summit in Washington, DC.
The critical topic at hand is how to enable youth — and particularly those who are non-college bound — to access pathways for future life success. Making greater headway toward this goal would be monumental given the findings of a Pew Research Center study published earlier this year: just 54 percent of people ages 18-24 held jobs, the lowest rate for this demographic since the government started tracking these data in 1948.
Part of the agenda at the “Opportunity Summit” will be to highlight the significant work nonprofits are doing to redress this problem. One organization that deserves particular mention is Genesys Works. With sites in Chicago, Houston, and the Twin Cities its principal goal is to enhance the life chances of low-income high school students for whom college likely won’t be in their future.
Youth in the program are given the opportunity to work in internships at major corporations during their senior year in high school. After an 8-week intensive training program, students are placed at a company. The experience enables them to discover that they can succeed as professionals in the corporate world, a model that other nonprofits like Year Up have proven works.
To help Genesys Works promote greater opportunities for disadvantaged youth, consider giving online. A donation of $2500 provides the funds necessary to train and support a student during the 14-month program…and change a life forever!