The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will continue building on the dynamic connections made during the Opportunity Fair held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center on May 4th, thanks to the help of the Metro Atlanta Chamber which will serve as the backbone organization for carrying this work forward. As shared through an earlier post in MAX News, by all accounts, the Atlanta Opportunity Fair, the 7th of its kind for the nation’s largest employer-led coalition, was a huge success! Following are just a few of the numbers that tell the story:
- 150+ senior company officials and nonprofit leaders learned from our region’s youth through the Executive Experience roundtable discussions.
- 6,300+ youth in the Atlanta region registered for ongoing employment support and opportunities.
- 2,600+ youth attended the fair.
- 600+ on-the-spot job offers made by coalition companies.
- 1,700+ interviews completed at the fair and an additional 500+ next-step interviews took place following the fair.
- 40+ companies participated including 7 new large companies and 13 Atlanta-based companies.
- 100+ community based organizations (CBOs) supported the event with youth outreach and training.
- 30+ CBOs were at the fair to connect the youth with their services and relationships.
“Engagement with CBOs was at an all-time high, ” noted Starbuck’s Sean Greenlee in a recap email he shared with partners, “the youth preparation from these events [resulted] in some of the most prepared candidates.” Click here for a summary review of the launch event.
While the Metro Atlanta Chamber serves as the backbone organization for the continued work of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ in our Atlanta region, critical collaborations will continue with key planning partners such as MAX (and our MAX Provider Council), WorkSource Metro Atlanta, United Way of Greater Atlanta, The Center for Working Families, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, to name a few.
To learn more about this initiative, click here.