Pathways to Progress is a three-year, $50 million commitment by the Citi Foundation to give 100,000 low-income youth in the United States the opportunity to develop the workplace skills and leadership experience necessary to compete in a 21st century economy.
Launched in March 2014, Pathways to Progress is comprised of four core program paths: entrepreneurship training, civic engagement opportunities, mentorship, and summertime employment, that seek to help urban young people, ages 16-24, increase their employability in an environment of high joblessness within this age group. Giving young people the skills to access a job early in their working lives will better position them for their professional and economic future.
Developed with leading community partners, who identify and recruit participants with demonstrated potential for success, this initiative also brings together urban policymakers, private sector stakeholders, and community leaders to learn from these programs and scale cross-sector approaches to tackling chronic youth joblessness.
Pathways to Progress is focused on 10 of the largest U.S. cities where Citi has a presence: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. and is strengthened by the active involvement of Citi volunteers in these markets.
ServiceWorks, powered by the Citi Foundation, AmeriCorps and Points of Light, is a groundbreaking national program that uses volunteer service to help young people in ten cities across the United States develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers. To help build critical leadership and workplace skills, 225 national service members are engaging young people in volunteer service projects. As the nation's largest corporate-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA program, ServiceWorks supports President Obama's call to create new public-private partnerships that use national service to help solve our nation's most pressing challenges. Learn More.
Summer Jobs Connect
Through Summer Jobs Connect, the Citi Foundation, with the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, is setting young people on the path to economic success through summer jobs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. Participants receive financial education and access to financial products to create a platform for their future. Summer Jobs Connect is also bringing together city agencies and community partners to share effective strategies for leveraging resources and mitigating costs associated with youth unemployment. Learn More.
Make Your Job
Make Your Job is an intensive, national program led by Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Citi Foundation that empowers young people in ten cities across the United States to develop the entrepreneurial mindset and business skills needed to make their own job and succeed in the modern workforce. Immersive training seeks to nurture the instinct to innovate and promote growth of business and technical skills. An online youth community – makeyourjob.org - was also launched to bring the power of entrepreneurship to tens of thousands of additional young people nationwide. Learn More.
Through collaborations with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and iMentor, the Citi Foundation supports mentoring efforts that act as a cornerstone of college and career readiness and professional development for youth. Through the newly-launched Ascend program, MLT will connect 1,000 undergraduate students across the country with the mentors, skills, and opportunities necessary to pursue college and succeed in their chosen career path.
As iMentor's largest corporate funder, the Citi Foundation is enabling the organization to increase its mentoring matches to 20,000 pairs nationwide over the next five years. iMentor pairs high school students from low-income communities with college-aged adult mentors for three to four-year mentoring relationships that ensure students are completing high school and enrolling in post-secondary education with the ultimate goal of college completion. Learn more about MLT. Learn More about iMentor.
Youth Opportunity Fund
Launched in April 2015 by the Citi Foundation and America's Promise Alliance, the $3 million Youth Opportunity Fund is supporting local, innovative programs that help young people increase their employability and prepare them for lifelong success. As part of the Fund, twelve community partners across the Pathways to Progress cities will leverage partnerships with municipal governments and collaborations across industries to provide youth with opportunities that can help lead to employment. Fund grantees will also gather and share best practices on the most effective ways to expand and connect youth to economic opportunity in their communities. Learn More.