A Security Guard, a Flyer, and a Second Chance

July 10, 2017

Esperanzita Castillo, 20, dropped out of school when she was in the sixth grade. By September of 2015, she was out of school, out of work, and seemingly out of options. And then, a security guard at a local career service center handed her a flyer for a program that would change her life.
The Role Relationships Play in Preparing Young People for the Workforce

March 06, 2017

A mentor, a teacher, an advisor, a friend; a web of relationships to support you. New research says that webs of relationships provide unique support necessary to foster the success of the 5.6 million opportunity youth in the United States, 16-24 year-olds not working and not in school. 
Access is Not Enough - Community Leader Spotlight with Michael Conway, Center for Powerful Public Schools

February 27, 2017

“Student genius.” Those are the two words that inspireMike Conway, a senior education specialist and director of Engineering Environmental Innovation (EEI) at Center for Powerful Public Schools, a nonprofit dedicated to equity, access, and choice in public districts and schools.
Quien Soy Yo? The Role of Identity in the Workplace

November 03, 2016

As executive director of Sociedad Latina, Alex Oliver-Davila serves Latino youth and families in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Through over 20 years of leadership of Sociedad Latina, Alex has created collaborations, utilized data, and leveraged key resources to support Latino families and give youth more chances to thrive.
Citi Foundation and America's Promise Alliance Announce Youth Opportunity Fund Grant Recipients in 10 U.S. Cities

July 25, 2016

The Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance today announced that 12 nonprofit organizations have been selected as recipients of the Youth Opportunity Fund, a $3 million initiative to support city-level, innovative and scalable programs connecting more than 3,500 youth to opportunities that increase their employability and prepare them for lifelong success. 
VIDEO: High School Students Get Chance at Real-World Engineering Experience

May 19, 2016

On May 17-18, a group of 60 high school students got a taste of what it’s like to be professional energy efficiency engineers by conducting a professional lighting audit at LA City Hall South.
What Do Disadvantaged Youth Need More than Anything Else?

January 12, 2016

Urban Alliance is a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. that matches disadvantaged high school students with internships, mentors and a path to the workforce. This story is part of a series on the innovative ways that 2015 Youth Opportunity Fund grantees, supported by America’s Promise Alliance and the Citi Foundation, are placing low-income young adults on a path toward college and career success.