CHICAGO, Illinois August 4, 2015 –
COAL supports the efforts of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership as they support a number of national and local companies to hire hundreds of young adults ‘on-the-spot’ on August 13th, as a part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative. You too can assist in this endeavor, see below.
COAL supports the National Black Business Month of August and the Black Economics Matter Initiative. We encourage all to Buy Black everyday from August 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015 . See below.
100,000 Opportunities Initiative: Join the Movement
Provide Advice. Share Skills. Make an Impact.
Will you help be a guiding force in connecting Chicago’s future to a promising career pathway?
We are looking for volunteers to support Professional Development Sessions on either Saturday, August 1 or Saturday, August 8 from 8 AM to NOON at several locations throughout the City.**Please click HERE to sign up as a volunteer for Professional Development Sessions and select your date and desired location.**
Each of us has the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of young people. Whether we make a lifelong commitment or devote just a few minutes of our day, moments of mentorship are powerful in validating the goals of our youth and exposing them to new possibilities. At this moment, the Chicagoland area has more than 150,000 young adults between the ages of 18-24 that are out of work and not in school. We refer to this population as “Opportunity Youth.”
The determination to empower and transform the lives of Opportunity Youth is at the core of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an unprecedented movement launched by Starbucks and a coalition of employers and community organizations to help place young people into promising career pathways. On Thursday, August 13th the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will launch its first Opportunity Fair & Forum here in Chicago. At this event there will be onsite interviewing and hiring, a resource fair, and a number of guest speakers and activities to help young people access opportunity.
Join The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, LeadersUp and other organizations providing leadership and support to help young people get ready for this life-changing day. A few moments of your time assisting with mock interviews, resume review exercises, online application assistance, interview scheduling, and much more can make a significant impact!
In addition to traditional purchases such as visiting a black-owned restaurant or buying from a black-owned retail store, ‘buying black’ also includes activities such as opening an account in a black-owned financial institution, donating to a black-founded or run NPO, hiring black tradesmen and consultants, visiting a black doctor, subscribing to a black-owned newspaper or online blog, investing with a black-managed publicly traded firm, donating to a black political action committee, commissioning a painting from a black artist, visiting a black cultural institution or event, etc. HR0608 Black Economics Matter Document
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