Youth Opportunity Fund Grant Announcement
Urban Alliance Selected as Grant Recipient of Youth Opportunity Fund to Connect Low-Income DC Youth to Career Opportunities
The new $3 million Fund, led by the Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance, supports innovative city programs that prepare low-income youth for future success
(Washington, DC) — The Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance today announced that Urban Alliance has been selected as a recipient of the Youth Opportunity Fund, a $3 million initiative to support city-level, innovative and scalable programs connecting youth to opportunities that increase their employability and prepare them for lifelong success.
The Youth Opportunity Fund is part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, designed to support direct-service programs that empower urban youth, ages 16 to 24 in 10 of the largest U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C.
Urban Alliance will receive a one-year grant totaling $250,000 to provide young people in Washington, DC with job skills training and professional work experience. Nathaniel Cole, Executive Director of the DC program stated, “Our team is honored the Citi Foundation and America’s Promise selected Urban Alliance as a recipient. This investment is a testament to Urban Alliance’s 20 years of work within the field and our commitment to equipping DC youth with the tools and training necessary to lead a life of self-sufficiency.”
The Fund supports programs that address youth unemployment through partnerships with municipal governments and collaborations across industries that are core to the economies of the Pathways to Progress cities, including IT, tech, healthcare, the service industry and environmental sustainability. Grantees will collaborate and share best practices on the most effective ways to expand and connect youth to economic opportunity in their communities.
“The future competitiveness of America’s cities hinges on the positive economic outcomes of our young people,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “We launched the Youth Opportunity Fund to support the innovative work of community partners who are helping low-income youth create the on-ramps that will lead towards career success.”
“We are dealing with the mixed reality of our nation’s high school graduation numbers increasing at unprecedented rates, while an estimated 5.6 million young people are not in school or employed,” said John Gomperts, president & CEO of America’s Promise. “The dozen Youth Opportunity Fund grantees are vital to connecting thousands of young people to opportunities that boost their ability to compete in today’s economy.”
In its first year, nearly 25,000 young people have been impacted by the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, a three-year, $50 million commitment to give 100,000 low-income youth in the U.S. the opportunity to develop the workplace skills and leadership experience necessary to compete in a 21st century economy.
To learn more about the Youth Opportunity Fund and see a full list of grantees visit: www.americaspromise.org/youthopportunityfund.
About Urban Alliance
Urban Alliance prepares youth from under-resourced communities in Baltimore, DC, Chicago and Northern Virginia for the world of work and a life of self-sufficiency through training, mentoring and meaningful paid internships. The organization trains students on how to obtain and retain meaningful employment, supports their aspirations for higher education, and helps participants develop concrete plans towards achieving their career goals. For more information, visit www.theurbanalliance.org.
About America’s Promise Alliance
America’s Promise Alliance leads an alliance of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to making the promise of America real for every child. As its signature effort, the GradNation campaign mobilizes Americans to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and prepare young people for postsecondary enrollment and the 21st century workforce. For more information, visit www.americaspromise.org.
About the Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit www.citifoundation.com.