100,000 Opportunities

Howard Schultz, chairman of Starbucks, and Sheri Schultz, president and co-founder of the Schultz Family foundation, with support from the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions.
United States
A coalition of companies that work to change internal practices for hiring and retaining young people. Apprenticeships, internships, training programmes and jobs are offered to youth facing systemic barriers to employment and education.
What solution does the innovation propose?

An employer-led, youth-focussed corporate coalition where national leaders, companies, entrepreneurs and foundations work in partnership to create more pathways to economic prosperity for opportunity youth and connect employers to the talent pipeline they seek. The coalition works closely with young people to help them find jobs and address the talent gap in the corporate sector. The group also works with member companies to better support young people.

Impact evidence

  • 55 employers and 8 foundations support the initiative.
  • In Dallas, about 2,000 Opportunity Youth attended the Opportunity Fair.
  • Coalition companies made approximately 700 on-the-spot job offers.
  • In August 2016, the initiative met its initial goal of hiring 100,000 young people.
  • In Dallas, more than 60% of interviews resulted in job offers.
How does it work?

The initiative has three main components: - Corporate coalition. A learning community to drive effective practices around opportunity youth recruitment, retention and advancement. - Demonstration cities. Leveraging the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund to strengthen connections between employers and local workforce systems in a comprehensive strategy. - Catalytic events. City-focused events to engage business leaders, community leaders and opportunity youth. The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions acts as an intermediary for 
the coalition in the participating cities. The Forum engages local community-based organisations in providing resources to opportunity youth and their support networks. The Initiative launches its efforts in each city with large-scale Opportunity Hiring Fairs.

Geographical scope

Where was initially developed
Where has been implemented so far
Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans and Dallas.
Last updated: 
June 2017