Chicago here we come!

We are launching 100,000 Opportunities in Chicago!

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will accelerate the coalition’s hiring commitment with an employer-initiated Opportunity Fair in Chicago on August 13, 2015. During the Opportunity Fair, participating companies expect to work with more than 3,000 Opportunity Youth, and make least 400 on-the-spot job offers.

This initial event will serve as a catalyst for hiring programs and events across the nation with the collective goal of engaging 100,000 opportunity youth by 2018.

Following the Opportunity Fair, an inspirational Opportunity Forum will be hosted by Academy and Grammy Award winning performing artist Common, who will lead a discussion focused on economic opportunity in America. Joining Common on stage will be special guests, local “heroes,” young people, entertainers, and speakers. The event is a ticketed event for pre-registered young people and their support networks.

If you are a young person and would like to attend the Opportunity Fair and Forum in Chicago on August 13th, apply now at

To apply you must be:

  • between the ages of 16-24
  • a part-time student, or not enrolled in school
  • not currently working

If you’re not able to attend the Opportunity Fair and Forum, but are interested in exploring your next opportunity in Chicago, you can still register at You’ll be connected to partners and resources that will help you take your next step.

If you are a member of the media and would like to attend the Opportunity Fair and Forum in Chicago on August 13th, please check out this fact sheet for more information.

“The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is creating a meaningful pathway to opportunity for thousands of young people – starting here in Chicago, in the heart of the country. With the right tools and resources, I believe these young people can make a measurable impact in our community through civic and economic engagement. I couldn’t be more proud of Chicago for being selected as the host city for this first event, and of the organizations involved in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative for seeking to solve a critical issue facing our neighborhoods and the young people who live there today.” – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

All-Stars Project

Arizona State University

Beyond Z

Boys and Girls Club of Chicago


Chicago City of Learning

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Chicago Public Libraries

Chicago Public Schools: SOAR

Chicago Urban League

Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance

City Colleges of Chicago

City Year

College Advising Corps

College Greenlight

Department of Family & Support Services

Employment & Employer Services

Get Schooled


Illinois Mentoring Network




La Casa Norte



Metropolitan Family Services

National Council of Young Leaders/Opportunity Youth United

One Goal

One Million Degrees

One Summer Chicago

Public Allies

Road Trip Nation

Secretary of State

SERCO & Central States Ser-Little Village

Service Nation

Teach for America

Thrive Chicago


Year Up

Young Chicago Authors

Youth Guidance

YouthBuild USA


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