The Opportunity Youth Partnership envisions a Comprehensive Second Chance System that links stabilization and support services to a multitude of education to-career pathways necessary to support Opportunity Youth in moving toward durable self-sufficiency.
Retool education and career pathways – support the emergence of a seamless set of education-to-career pathways, to ensure Opportunity Youth have many good options to earn a diploma in a well-supported environment, transition to postsecondary education or training, and find entry level career employment.
Implement and sustain shared measurement – employ a shared set of metrics, reporting tools, and timelines to establish goals that all partners commit to, and hold one another accountable to producing the results that matter most for young people.
Align and improve systems – move to an ecosystem of integrated pathways to prosperity by supporting greater integration of the CBO sector and public systems, and focus on unified outcomes.
Build the movement – build public will for tackling difficult social issues, and champion the work of collaboration and coordination on behalf of Opportunity Youth.
Collaborate for impact – we believe we can achieve far more for Opportunity Youth when we sincerely work together, and that young people deserve a whole greater than the sum of it parts.
Lift up youth voice – we believe the stakeholders with the most to gain or lose, Opportunity Youth, must be at the table for all deliberation and decision-making.
Use data to guide decisions – we believe that what gets measured gets done, and that data-driven decisions and accountability to results form the foundation for successful collaboration.
Embrace a pathways approach – we believe that Opportunity Youth need pathways not silos, and it is our duty to build the pathways that integrate supports, experiences, and education.
Focus on opportunities to align policy and systems – we believe that we must seek to help organizations, agencies, funding streams, and individuals align toward the same desired end state, so that all efforts are rowing in the same direction.