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A Spark of Possibility for Expanding Access to Career Pathways in Los Angeles

Flor Alejo is 25 years old and slightly nervous. She lives in Koreatown with her mother and younger sister. On this morning, June 20, 2017, she put on her best suit and left the house early so she could arrive on time for the start of the Net Opportunity Career Expo in Los Angeles. Walking

Careers, Connections and Community for Chicago’s Opportunity Youth

There was a purposeful energy and determination at LeadersUp’s Chicago Career 360: The Experience. Young adults from across the Chicagoland region entered the Lacuna Artist Lofts not only looking for employment, but also seeking a gateway to new possibilities. Together our team connected every single young man and woman in attendance to interview opportunities with

Employer Spotlight with Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Marie Davis

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LeadersUp’s Employer Spotlight Series highlights companies that are helping to end the youth unemployment challenge in the United States, and at the same time, achieve organizational success with talent pipelines of qualified Opportunity Youth. Opportunity Youth are the 5.5 million young adults ages 16–24 years old who are unemployed, not in training, and not in school during

360º Career & Community Support for Chicagoland’s Opportunity Youth

This past week, I had the honor of sitting alongside leaders from the Chicagoland region for an empowering conversation and planning session that placed employers, talent development practitioners, community advocates and Opportunity Youth in the same room to answer the question: How can we build career pathways for Chicagoland’s Opportunity Youth that meet the need

Key Findings on Outreach Strategies to Effectively Engage Transitional Age Youth (TAY)

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If you’re a typical teenager, turning 18 means finishing high school, the start of college, maybe a job, and for most, a sense of liberation. But if you are aging out of foster care, it means the safety net disappears. Currently in the U.S. there are more than 5.5 million young adults between the ages

Career 360°: Inside the Life of an Education Professional

Career 360°: Miles Goodloe

When we think of careers in education, we often think of those teachers who taught us how to work hard, set goals and reach for the stars. Between 2014 and 2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects nearly 1.9 million job openings for teachers of preschool through postsecondary school, but the training gained