On July 27, Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative to launch the Connection Center, which will serve as a one-stop resource to help Boston high school graduates, 20-24 years old, who are unemployed and out of school with no postsecondary degree.
The PIC is one of five nonprofits receiving funding from the State Street Foundation as part of the Boston Workforce Investment Network, or Boston WINs. This new initiative brings the organizations together under a shared goal of creating career pathways for young people and supporting them through their education. The State Street Foundation will provide an investment of $20 million over four years, along with 2:1 matching employee gift support and a commitment to hiring 1,000 Boston youth.
The Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC), a cross-sector group convened by the Boston Opportunity Agenda and the Boston PIC, is one of seven grantee communities to receive a total of $6 million from the Social Innovation Fund to build career pathways for opportunity youth. Opportunity Works – an initiative of Jobs for the Future and the Aspen Institute – will help the inaugural communities of Boston, New Orleans, Hartford, Philadelphia, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Seattle to dramatically improve education and employment outcomes for opportunity youth.