Pathways to Progress: A Tangible Impact on Youth Economic Opportunity

Posted by Equal Measure on July 10, 2017

In 2014, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a three-year, $50 million initiative in the U.S. to help 100,000 low-income youth, ages 16 to 24, develop the workplace skills and leadership experience needed to compete in a 21st Century economy. The strategy included an investment in five flagship organizations representing different
program “pathways” designed to have a longstanding impact on a youth’s economic well-being.

The flagship organizations and their pathways are:

  • Points of Light, ServiceWorks: Service/leadership
  • CFE Fund, Summer Jobs Connect: Summer jobs
  • Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Make Your Job: Entrepreneurship
  • iMentor: Mentorship
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Ascend: Mentorship

In this Issue Brief, the fourth and final in the Pathways to Progress series, we focus on the impact of the five flagship Pathways to Progress grantees on the youth they have served, and provide a retrospective look at the progress and select lessons from the first three years of the investment. Equal Measure served as the national evaluator of this initiative.

As always, we welcome your thoughts on this publication.

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