When young people transition to adulthood, they enter a critical time where the decisions they make, and the systems they encounter, will directly affect their economic prosperity and agency for decades to come.
That’s why we work to advance opportunities for 16- to 24-year-olds to access, forge and sustain pathways to fulfilling lives, particularly emphasizing the experiences of Black and Indigenous People(s) and/or those whose backgrounds and identities are adversely impacted by historic systems of marginalization.
Building on the knowledge, network and insights gained from our grantmaking to date, we’ve identified four broad priorities based on their potential for impact, their interdependence and the opportunity for innovation and philanthropic impact. These are:
The WA COVID Response Corps, a partnership between the Foundation and Serve Washington, aims to address food insecurity issues and create meaningful service opportunities for young people, to help keep our most vulnerable neighbors fed and healthy during these difficult times.
WA COVID Response Corps members and their host sites impact to date:
Millions of youth would like to be working but are unable or unsure how to take the first steps. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative helps them prepare for and land their first jobs.
With millions of job openings in the country, employers are looking to hire strong talent. Answering that call, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative connects employers with young job seekers.
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative impact to date: