In an effort to catapult students into meaningful careers and level the playing field for all students the Catalyze Challenge awarded over $4M in grants to accelerate bold career-connected learning solutions that help young people better access economic opportunity after leaving school. Fifteen winners – community organizations, entrepreneurs, and cross-sector partnerships from across the country – will pilot, launch and scale solutions designed for the leaders of tomorrow’s workforce.
Created to meet this moment, grants are funding inventive ideas for career-connected learning at middle and high schools, and programs supporting the transition to early college coursework. All winners have an explicit focus on reaching historically underserved students, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, first-generation, low-income, and rural students – some of the groups hardest hit by the pandemic.
An initiative that will directly connect young people to living-wage jobs while providing them with the credentials, skills, mindsets, and experience to thrive in these roles.
A free, one-year fellowship for graduating seniors of New Orleans’ Public Schools that counters obstacles students traditionally face in their postsecondary pursuits.
A Texas-based network that facilitates the transformation of rural student outcomes and rural workforce development by partnering with local school, community, and business leaders.
An initiative to reshape the narrative about career opportunities in rural America to include a flourishing digital workforce.
A pilot program to teach collaboration, creative problem-solving, and empathy to 11th and 12th graders who will receive digital micro-credentials for their resumes.
A 4-year high school curriculum that allows students to engage in career exploration through the lens of purpose and identity while cultivating their social and emotional learning skills.
Accelerate serves recent high school graduates from historically marginalized communities who primarily identify as Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC).
A work-based learning program helping youth launch and run real businesses, leveraging best-in-class curriculum and self-guided interactive modules to activate youth as change makers.
By Ron Perkins at Trib Live
By Gretchen Bolander at fourstateshompage.com