100,000 Opportunities

An employer-led coalition of private companies focused on hiring young people who face systemic barriers to both employment and education. The partner companies provide young people with access to apprenticeships, internships and training programmes, as well as part-time and full-time jobs. The member companies share their learning and work to change internal practices to better support hiring and retaining youth.

United States
Impact indicators


  • 55 employers and eight foundations support the initiative.
  • The coalition works in 25 communities around the country, and each individual city has local programmes.

  • 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. From 2016 to 2021, the coalition is focused on hiring one million young people. 
  • In Dallas more than 60% of interviews resulted in an offer.


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.