In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, millions of Americans have newly filed for unemployment. These astounding job losses compound the reality that more than 4.5 million “Opportunity Youth” — young people 16-24 who are out of school and unemployed — were already disconnected from the economy prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The spread of the virus disproportionately impacts these youth and their communities. While National Youth Hiring Day does not guarantee employment for participants, 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and Get Schooled aim to equip youth with more access, support and resources that will better prepare them in their job search during this time of economic uncertainty.
About the NYHD Team
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative — a national coalition of more than 50 world-class employers, including Starbucks, Walmart, FedEx, Hyatt, Nordstrom, T-Mobile and LinkedIn, all dedicated to employing and empowering Opportunity Youth — has been pioneering new virtual hiring strategies to help young job seekers get hired and jump start their careers. We’ve already met our first goal of ensuring 100,000 opportunity youth got hired and were supported to succeed. We’re now on track to ensure one million opportunity youth are hired by 2025. Get Schooled is a national nonprofit helping young people thrive in high school, college, and early career jobs.