The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has a number of moving parts that include a dynamic group of employers, community organizations, city governments, and other funders.
The Schultz Family Foundation supports two other important parts of the initiative.
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 the employees they need.
Lashay, Dallas - Walgreens
Lashay told us in Dallas she thinks about her new Walgreens job as a first step towards her career. And she feels strongly about the misperceptions some people have about young people and work.
"I feel like some people think just because we’re young we can’t be well focused, but we really can be – it depends on the person. Young people can be successful, they just need a little push to get them to where they need to be."
Christian, DC - Nordstrom
Christian is motivation and confidence personified. He heard about the D.C. Opportunity Fair late but got himself there and went straight into interviews with companies he wanted to work for. He received a job offer from Nordstrom and couldn’t be happier.
When asked what advice he had for other young people, he said:
"You’ve got to jump out there and just try. Even if you don’t have confidence, you’ve got to build that. It’s all about believing in yourself and knowing you can go get something. You’re only stopping yourself if you don’t go do it yourself."