Envisioning a future of inclusive economic opportunity so people have better livesFull List of Grantees
Year Up is committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults—no matter their background, income, or zip code. Year Up serves young adults ages 18 to 26 who have earned a high school diploma or GED but are otherwise disconnected from the economic mainstream. Their California campuses reach the underserved communities of East Palo Alto, Hollister, Oakland, and Redwood City to open doors to life-changing opportunities for these students.
Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support for career empowerment.
Urban Alliance is building a diverse next-generation workforce by providing job-skills training, mentoring, and paid internships to young people of color in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit. In partnership with over 200 employers, they level the playing field for under-resourced youth, empowering high school students to connect to upwardly mobile careers and access the tools needed to overcome the systemic barriers preventing them from equitably accessing economic opportunity.
Urban Alliance aims to build a diverse next-generation workforce in their community through job-skills training and paid internships during high school.
re:work’s mission is to make our workplaces look more like our neighborhoods by making meaningful employment equally accessible to all residents, regardless of zip code or skin color. They seek to transform workplaces into diverse and inclusive spaces that reflect the diversity of Chicago’s neighborhoods and improve employment outcomes for untapped communities in the South and West sides, combating the lack of diversity in tech’s workforce in the process.
re:work training is improving outcomes for Chicago’s untapped communities and diversifying tech through educational and career opportunities.
Opportunity Junction helps motivated job seekers gain the skills and confidence to launch careers leading to financial security. They provide skills training and focus on job placement in careers that do not typically require college degrees, yet still promote upward mobility. Located in East Contra Costa County, California, Opportunity Junction is a resource for families displaced by gentrification within one of the epicenters of the emerging phenomenon known as suburban poverty.
Opportunity Junction helps motivated Contra Costa job seekers gain the skills and confidence to launch careers that lead to financial security.
The Mann Deshi Foundation operates an ecosystem designed to educate, train, and empower women of all ages in rural India to become entrepreneurs with support and access to financial institutions that these women may not otherwise have. Their vision is to empower women to make their own choices and to be celebrated as equal and valuable members of their families and communities. Mann Deshi provides access to knowledge, business skills, capital, markets, financial literacy, and supportive networks to help unlock the true potential of entrepreneurs. Mann Deshi serves Rural India including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and more.
Mann Deshi Foundation empowers women entrepreneurs and their communities in rural India.
LaunchCode is a national nonprofit creating economic opportunity by adding new talent to tech ecosystems across the nation. While careers in technology have traditionally been reserved to those who can afford a four-year degree, LaunchCode's programs are free and accessible to motivated individuals who are assessed for passion, drive and aptitude rather than traditional career credentials. On average, LaunchCoders placed into paid apprenticeships and jobs more than double their previous salary.
LaunchCode recognizes that while talent is everywhere, opportunity is not. They aim to change that with free and accessible tech education.
Kepler provides a different kind of education – one that combines in-person, online and on-the-job learning in service of a singular goal: decent jobs for marginalized and economically disadvantaged young Africans. Kepler, through a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), has enrolled more than 1,000 students across campuses in Kigali and the Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda.
Kepler provides African youth with new pathways to education and employment.
i.c.stars provides talented, low-income, young adults in Chicago and Milwaukee with the technical skills and business network needed to secure high paying careers in technology and to become leaders in their communities. I.c.stars was established to address the lack of opportunity and systematic oppression in our communities to activate a technology community of change agents to power social and economic freedom.
i.c.stars provides a rigorous, technology-based workforce development and leadership training program for underserved adults.
Genesys Works believes that all young people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status, deserve an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. The organization provides earning and learning pathways to career success for young adults in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. Genesys Works is a national nonprofit with virtual internships and program locations in the Bay Area, Chicago, Houston, New York City, the Twin Cities, and Washington D.C.
Genesys Works equips high school students with the knowledge and skills to achieve career success.
Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG) is an initiative of global humanitarian agency, Mercy Corps. Their mission is to build an internationally admired and competitive tech sector in Palestine that creates high-salary jobs and future leaders. GSG has been in operation since 2011, born with a seed grant from Google. They have been propelling Palestine’s digital work economy through upskilling and job placement services, with a focus on helping women.
Gaza Sky Geeks is propelling Palestine’s digital economy and future technology leaders to transcend borders through cutting-edge, peer-led education..
Friends of Ngong Road (FoNR) provides education and support to impoverished children in Nairobi, Kenya whose families have been affected by HIV/AIDS. FoNR takes an innovative approach by providing support in three essential areas: education, safety and well-being, and providing a supportive community.
Friends of Ngong Road provides education and support for children in Nairobi, Kenya whose families have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) was founded in 1988 by UC Berkeley’s law students who recognized the opportunity to channel the school's top talent toward solving the enormity of legal inequity in the Bay Area. EBCL operates eight nationally recognized clinics providing free services to over 7,000 Alameda and Contra Costa households and a clinical program boasting 150+ Berkeley Law students annually. As East Bay’s largest provider of legal services to Black and Brown families, undocumented individuals, and low-income people, EBCLC’s priority is to ensure that all clients and their communities realize healthy, dignified, thriving lives.
East Bay Community Law Center addresses racial and economic injustice and poverty through legal services, policy advocacy, and law training
EarthEnable trains and employs Rwandans and Ugandans as masons to create and install custom-developed earthen floors in local homes. Their program provides affordable and sustainable materials to address a pressing need for sanitary flooring, an obstacle to healthier lives for 75% of households in the region. EarthEnable is targeting the significant health challenges posed by dirt flooring, as well as creating long-term solutions for jobs in Rwanda.
EarthEnable is improving health outcomes through simple and affordable solutions in Rwanda and Uganda.
Digital NEST is a high-tech career development center for young people connecting youth with members of their community that train in tech and business skills. Their community center serves predominantly Latinx youth in the neglected agricultural and rural communities of Watsonville and Salinas, California, where youth have free access to computers, software, and a safe space to network and learn what they otherwise would not have.
Digital NEST connects youth to a skill-building community that transforms them into successful professionals who create innovative solutions and prosperous communities.
The vision of Centro Community Partner is to create a world where anyone, anywhere can get access to entrepreneurship education and capital to help them start a small business, become financially self-sufficient, and build financial security for their families. Their programming provides business planning, financial literacy support, and access to loans for women and minorities in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, and South Africa.
Centro Community Partners is building thriving communities by providing underserved, low-income entrepreneurs with business education, mentorship, and access to capital.
Pivotal supports foster youth in California’s Silicon Valley in obtaining vital education and career support for high school and college students, and prepares and places foster youth into paid summer internships. They stick by these youth throughout high school, college and into their careers, and help them get the life they want for themselves. Pivotal’s college graduation rate is 10-times the national rate for foster youth.
Pivotal helps young people in foster care reach their academic and employment goals to create the life they want for themselves.
Code Nation equips students in under-resourced high schools across New York City, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area with the skills, experiences, and connections to access careers in technology. Their coding and work-based learning programs provide students with career-readiness skills, competencies and resources to set them up for success. Code Nation alumni will have the power to reduce wealth disparity, increase diversity in the industry, and develop technology that better serves our world.
Code Nation effectively propels students into tech careers and breaks deep-seated social and economic inequities in the tech industry.
African Entrepreneur Collective (AEC) envisions an Africa with low unemployment, where young people and refugees are engaged, where communities have access to relevant innovations for self-determination, and where African solutions are unleashed to solve African problems. They provide training focused on business development and debt financing for refugee entrepreneurs in Rwanda and East Africa to drive economic growth within their communities.
African Entrepreneur Collective works with local entrepreneurs in East Africa so that they can grow their businesses and create jobs.
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