Connecting Employers and Young Job Seekers

We’re closing the employment gap so everyone wins

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is a broad coalition of employers and community partners committed to hiring opportunity youth and helping businesses thrive.
Our nation brims with five million opportunity youth, ages 16-24, out of school, ready to work, and filled with potential. With 7.1 million job openings, employers seek strong talent.
We’re connecting these youth to jobs, apprenticeships, and internships, and helping businesses build their talent pipelines.

Our Impact

opportunity youth hired in entry-level jobs since 2015
community-based organizations supporting their success
corporate partners working to hire and retain opportunity youth

Our Evolving Strategy

Our goal is for a million opportunity youth to be hired by 2021.
To help define the work ahead, we’re releasing a report, Looking to the Future: Assessing Success & Charting a Path Forward, to assess our accomplishments and develop steps for success.

Coalition Partners

We’ve built a powerful coalition of more than 55 nationwide employers.

100k LA Opportunity Fair

Opportunity youth bring such a diversity and passion to our businesses…I actually think we get much more out of them then they get from us.

Ferril Onyett Learning & Organizational Development Director, Taco Bell

My whole experience has been pretty amazing. I want to work in this industry the rest of my life.

EthanOpportunity Youth & Barista, Starbucks


100k Opportunities map

Our Communities

Since 2015, we’ve been working in seven demonstration cities, launching large hiring fairs and job retention efforts to connect employers and opportunity youth. The process is supported by local organizations that provide skills training, education services, and case management to ensure success in hiring and retention.

News and Updates

February 12, 2020 in News

Alex Peay joins the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative as Director of Community Partnerships

Alex Peay joins 100K Opportunities Initiative after founding and directing for the last nine years Rising Sons, a youth empowerment, civic engagement and employment nonprofit in Philadelphia. Alex attended Ursinus…

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December 16, 2019 in News

Charles Hiteshew joins the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative as Executive Director

Four years after its formation, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative (“100K”) has assembled a broad coalition of private, public, and non-profit partners to raise the profile of opportunity youth (young people…

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June 6, 2019 in News

#HiringDay Seeks To Connect Thousands Of Young People With Jobs

By Susan McPherson– Contributor, Forbes   Earlier this year, I asked industry experts to share their CSR predictions for 2019. Aron Cramer, President and CEO of BSR, said: “2019 will (again)…

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Looking For Employment?

 Are you between 16–24 years old and looking for work?
Check out these resources, tips, and connections to help you get and keep the job.