The 100,000 Opportunities Initative
The Alliance was proud to participate in the Los Angeles 100,000 Opportunities Initiative on February 11th, 2016. Hiring managers from more than 30 companies, including, Chipotle, HMS Host, Lyft, Nordstrom, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, TOMS, and more, met with thousands of young people in an effort to connect Los Angeles County’s more than 200,000 Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year olds who are disconnected from school and employment – to meaningful job opportunities and resources. In addition to immediate job offers, the coalition provided access to services and continued follow up through the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, the Alliance for Children’s Rights & Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Collaborative, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, UNITE-LA, Los Angeles Unified School District, LeadersUp, and more than 30 other community-based organizations.
The more than 1,000 jobs offered in LA is in addition to the 1,300 on-the-spot job offers that were granted in Chicago and Phoenix through similar fairs last year, and is part of an overall effort to hire 100,000 Opportunity Youth nationwide by 2018. Along with the record number of job offers granted in one day, the Opportunity Fair and Forum also began a long-term impact on the Los Angeles community and the 6,000 who were onsite for the event.