Building 21 – Launchpad

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.

Accelerate Winner October 20, 2021
Share

Launchpad is a new initiative from Building 21 that will directly connect young people to living-wage paying jobs that offer upwardly mobile career opportunities while providing them with the credentials, skills, mindsets, and experience to thrive in these roles. The program will begin preparing students from a network of high schools across Philadelphia during their final two years in high school and will continue in the two years that follow.

Launchpad will connect students with higher education and quality career-connected learning opportunities where students can earn associate’s degrees and certifications, build industry-specific skills, develop real-world career experience, and launch their careers. Students will leave Launchpad with a job in a high-growth industry with upwardly mobile career opportunities.

“We know that talent is equally distributed – we are starting Launchpad to make sure that opportunity is more equitably distributed for young people across Philadelphia and beyond.  We are excited to bring together networks of students, schools, employers and other community-based organizations to co-create new pathways for young people that lead to good jobs in growing industries.”  – Dannyelle Austin, incoming Executive Director of Launchpad

For more information about Building 21 and Launchpad, visit building21.org.

RELATED

Ignite Winner
Aecern – At The Cutting Edge

A program that engages students grades 6 and up in emerging technologies while working on solutions to urgent, authentic problems facing professionals in these fields.

Read More
Ignite Winner
BUILD – BUILDing Generation Entrepreneurs

A digital transformation plan emphasizing social and emotional learning skills, 21st-century skills, career readiness, social capital, and real-world project-based learning.

Read More
Ignite Winner
CodeSpeak Labs – The Next Step

A creative agency of BIPOC high school students from underserved communities who get real-world experience doing web development and social media marketing for mission-driven organizations.

Read More
Accelerate Winner
Collegiate Academies – Next Level NOLA

A free, one-year fellowship for graduating seniors of New Orleans’ Public Schools that counters obstacles students traditionally face in their postsecondary pursuits.

Read More
Stay up-to-date