A national movement of employers, foundations, and community organizations, we’re committed to reinventing our hiring, retention, and advancement practices, to hire and train opportunity youth.
The Hire Opportunity Coalition (HOC) was relaunched in 2020 to build upon five years of efforts by over 50 national employers to leverage the diverse talent pipeline available in opportunity youth, efforts that resulted in the achievement of placements well in excess of the original 100,000 goal. Now, with a new sense of urgency driven by the pandemic and heightened focus on systemic inequalities, the HOC is working to close the employment gap for disconnected young adults so that everyone wins.
To build the capacity of American companies to hire, retain, and upskill Opportunity Youth.
Every employer in America will demonstrate a meaningful commitment to hire and develop youth who face the greatest systemic barriers to employment.
Who are Opportunity Youth?
Youth ages 16-24 who are out of school and out of work.
These young people are predominantly people of color and often from low-income communities where intergenerational poverty and disconnection from the mainstream economy is all too common.
It is estimated that, post-pandemic, 1 in 4 young people in this age group – or some 9 million – will fall into the Opportunity Youth category.
HOC builds a coalition of aligned corporate members who commit to hiring, supporting, retaining and upskilling opportunity youth. By creating an ambitious national goal; building the capacity of its members; investing in local demonstration communities; and sponsoring large catalytic hiring events, HOC helps to accelerate the movement – and prospects – of opportunity youth. In doing, it advances equity in workforce development, taps an overlooked pool of diverse talent, and reconnects future leaders and their communities to strengthen society.