Year: 2016

A Running Start: How Gap, Old Navy And Banana Republic Help Teens & Young Adults Land That All-Important First Job

By Brian SodomaOriginal article found here Growing up in San Francisco public housing, Cal Montejano saw his immigrant parents work long hours at fast-food jobs and struggle to make ends meet. Montejano knew he wanted to pursue a c...

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Connecting Unemployed Youth with Organizations That Need Talent

Gap Inc. understands both hiring math and competitive strategy when it comes to filling entry-level jobs in its 3,000-plus Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores. Across the U.S., nearly 6 million entry-level jobs will be created...

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Opportunity Youth Find a Career Path at Starbucks

October 31, 2016 Community & Responsibility. This article comes from the Starbucks newsroom. Ethan, Prisma and Fabiana walked away from the Opportunity Youth Fair and Forum in Phoenix last fall with job offers from Starbucks. A...

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Using a multi-strategy approach to retain OY

EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Walmart A year into the 100,000 Opportunities Initiatives, coalition companies are focusing on how they can better hire and retain opportunity youth. When it comes to retention there are no silver bullets or sho...

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Making The Case For Hiring Opportunity Youth

Co-authored by Willa Seldon and Vikki Tam. Three years ago, we set out with the Rockefeller Foundation to address a very challenging question: With nearly six million youth out of school and out of work (termed “opportunity youth”)...

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Opportunity Youth at Work

Launched in August 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is the nation’s largest employer-led coalition focused on supporting opportunity youth—16-24 year olds who are out of work and not in school—by connecting youth to employ...

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Best in Class Strategies for Entry-Level Employee Retention

FSG, a nonprofit, mission-driven consulting firm, recently conducted a short research scan of employer practices that lead to improved retention of entry-level employees, particularly opportunity youth. This research sought to ident...

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Pizza with purpose: MOD gives ex-cons a second chance

Scott and Ally Svenson weren\'t planning to become entrepreneurs again. The husband-and-wife team had already created two food empires: Seattle Coffee Company, which they sold to Starbucks (SBUX), and Italian restaurant chain Carlu...

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100,000 Opportunities Initiative Exceeds Goal and Hires 100,000 Opportunity Youth In First Year

Employer-led coalition achieves goal two years ahead of schedule; Aligns with rest of sector to help one million young people in the next five years SEATTLE (August 31, 2016) – The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, the country’s la...

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Phoenix Starbucks launches youth training program

A new job-training program and community room debuted at a Phoenix Starbucks on Thursday as part of an ongoing initiative to grow the local economy and help youth who are unemployed and not currently in school...(read more)

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