Since 1859, the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) has worked to successfully drive positive, fundamental change in metro Atlanta and across Georgia. Founded by a group of 12 Atlanta businessmen frustrated by railroad freight discrimination, the group organized the area’s first chamber of commerce and rallied to protest indiscriminate rate increases.
MAC helped put Atlanta on the international stage by providing seed money for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games bid. The development of Centennial Olympic Park and the expansion of the Chamber building played an important role in the preparation for the Games. In 2003, the Metro Atlanta Chamber was instrumental in changing Georgia’s state flag and saving Grady Memorial Hospital. In recent years, MAC has provided leadership for transportation funding, led the Clean Water Initiative, and the fight to defeat religious exemption legislation to defend Georgia’s reputation as the #1 state in the U.S. for business.
Today, under the leadership of Katie Kirkpatrick, President & CEO, MAC serves as a catalyst for a more vibrant and prosperous region focused on positioning Atlanta as a top tier global region through job growth, advocacy for a business-friendly environment, and attraction and retention of a dynamic workforce.
Opportunity ATL provides programming and resources to help Opportunity Youth connect to jobs, training and supports services; and helps employers attract and retain to Opportunity Youth talent in the region.
Job & Resource Fairs
Opportunity ATL prepares OY to meet with employers by offering resume reviews, mock interviews and access to a coat closet; facilitating direct connections with employers; and arranging access to training and support services OY need to help them obtain and keep a job.
Opportunity ATL partners with Atlanta Public Schools (APS), Georgia State University, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and SHRM-Atlanta to help high school juniors and seniors at Carver, South Atlanta and Washington High Schools learn about Atlanta’s top industries, high demand jobs and careers; skills and training needed to get these jobs; and resources to help them access training and succeed. The program consists of Industry Insight Sessions, Resume Workshops and a Career and Resource Fair.
Opportunity ATL partners with Chambers, WorkSource Boards, and local non-profits across the region to help employers connect with qualified talent and job seekers connect with employment opportunities, free training programs and support services.
Skills to Succeed
Opportunity ATL administers the Skills to Succeed program, an online learning program that builds the skills and confidence of people so they can make career choices, find a job, and keep it.
Resume Review & Support
Opportunity ATL’s Career Advisor provides one-on-one resume support and facilitates connections to training and support programs.
Opportunity ATL serves as an information hub for Opportunity Youth in the region to connect with job fairs, training and education programs, and support services offered by the workforce system in the region.
Number of Opportunity Youth in the City.
In the Metro Atlanta Area, there are 80,400 disconnected youth, 10.9% of the population.
Goals for The Hire Opportunity Coalition Grant.
Job & Resource Fair: Connect 1,000 jobseekers to employment, training and support services.
APS Edition: Connect 200 high school seniors in underserved areas with employers and post-secondary education providers to prevent from becoming disconnected youth.
Opportunity Match: Connect 100 employers to talent and 1,000 OY jobseekers to jobs.
Skills to Succeed: Have 100 OY complete online learning program.
Resume Review: Provide one-on-one resume review and career advising to 100 OY.
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