Media Factsheet

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015 | CHICAGO

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will launch in Chicago with a first of its kind “Opportunity Fair & Forum”- a day-long resource and job fair led by a coalition of employers offering jobs to work ready pre-screened opportunity youth and community based organizations providing development and enrichment for the young people of Chicago with the goal to streamline employment pathways, making hundreds of job offers, and serving at least 3,000 youth in Chicago.

JOB & RESOURCE  FAIR | 8:00AM – 3:30PM

The day will begin with an Opportunity Fair featuring the following:

29 COMPANIESREPRESENTED
Most interviewing youth and some making on the spot job offers
40+ COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS
Will be onsite supporting the event and engaging with youth
3,000+ OPPORTUNITY YOUTH
Throughout the day 

Innovative, inspirational and interactive experiences for youth and their families will occur throughout the day and include: workshops, college counseling, skill development, resume building, fun events and activities.

INSPIRATIONAL FORUM | 4:00PM-6:30PM

The day will conclude with an inspirational forum for 3,000 + Opportunity youth

  • Hosted by Grammy & Academy Award winning performing artist and actor, Common
  • Inspirational conversations and storytelling, led by Common, local “heroes,” and business leaders
  • Transformational youth stories
  • LIVE performances from major headlining artists

MEDIA EVENTS & REGISTRATION

All media must pre-register for press credentials by contacting media@www.100kopportunities.org
Registered media are welcome to attend the following events:

  • 8:00 am-3:30pm: Job & Resource Fair for Opportunity Youth
  • 3:00-3:30 pm: Press Conference with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Attending CEOs
  • 4:00-6:00 pm: Opportunity Forum, hosted by Common

CHICAGO OPPORTUNITY FAIR & FORUM PARTICIPANTS

The following corporate members of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will be represented at the first Opportunity Fair & Forum in Chicago:

Chipotle Mexican Grill, CVS Health, Domino’s, FedEx, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, JP Morgan Chase, Lyft, Macy’s, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Pizza Hut, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Prudential, Red Robin, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Walgreens, and Walmart

In addition, the following companies will be onsite hiring in Chicago: Abbott, LBP Manufacturing, Manpower, Southwest, and Uniqlo.

The following is the complete list of community based organizations, government services, and other organizations that will have a presence at the fair, in addition to the more than 200 agencies are helping to recruit youth to attend the event and interview for jobs:

All-Stars Project, Arizona State University, Beyond Z, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, Business and Career Services, Inc., Chicago City of Learning, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Chicago Public Libraries, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Urban League, Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance, City Colleges of Chicago, City Year, College Advising Corps, College Greenlight, Department of Family & Support Services, Economic Awareness Council, Employment & Employer Services, Get Schooled, Goodwill, Illinois Mentoring Network, Indigo, La Casa Norte, LeadersUp, LinkedIn, 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, Central States SER, Service Nation, Teach for America, Thrive Chicago, UIC, Year Up, Young Chicago Authors, Youth Guidance, and YouthBuild USA.

The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions will act as an intermediary for the initiative in the hiring cities, building upon the existing work of its national Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF).   The OYIF currently supports collaborative efforts focused on Opportunity Youth in 21 communities around the country. The Aspen Institute will provide direct leadership, technical assistance, and programmatic support to launch the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative in Chicago and future cities.

Funders participating in the initiative include:

Accenture (in kind), Domino’s, FedEx, Joyce Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Prudential, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Walmart/Walmart Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation

5.6 MILLION AMERICANS BETWEEN 16 AND 24 ARE OUT OF SCHOOL AND NOT WORKING.

These young, motivated workers are a vital and untapped resource looking to fill millions of open roles. However, young people are often unaware that these opportunities are available, don’t know the steps they need to take to pursue and secure these jobs, and routinely face systemic barriers. At the same time, many employers do not have clear strategies to effectively recruit, train, and retain young workers.

Our efforts will focus in three to five key cities, partnering deeply with the local community to test programs for collective impact. The Initiative will launch in Chicago with a signature Opportunity Fair and Forum event, demonstrating the power of the coalition to make an immediate impact in the lives of young people.

Together, these companies, community based organizations, innovators, and foundations will convene regional alliances of public and non-profit service providers to create pathways to opportunity, build a multi-million dollar fund and leverage innovative programming and partners to create best in class pathway strategies, and develop tools and systems that can be scaled nationally and beyond.Together with the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and leading foundations, nearly 30 leading, U.S.-based companies have formed the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, an employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people.

MEMBER COMPANIES

Alaska Airlines JP Morgan Chase Red Robin
Chipotle Lyft Starbucks
Cintas Macy’s Sweetgreen
CVS Health Mars Taco Bell
Domino’s Microsoft Target
FedEx Nordstrom Teavana
Hilton Worldwide Pizza Hut T-Mobile
HMSHost Porch.com Walgreens
Hyatt Potbelly Sandwich Shop Walmart
JCPenney Prudential  

 

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