There are 4.9 million American youth aged 16-24 year old who are out of school and not working.
That’s one-in-seven young people who are disconnected from our economy.

The Challenge

Employers are struggling to find entry-level talent to fill four million open positions. This employment gap is impacting our national economy.

The Opportunity

To maintain global competitiveness, we must work differently and build a pipeline of talent that connects young adults to jobs.

The Solution

We work together – employers, public sector and community-based organizations, to connect young people to the companies that want to hire them.

Investing time in America's youth is a perfect match for T-Mobile. So many kids out there have to fight huge odds to compete, to get ahead and to win – just like we do. What could be better than bringing some of that talent and ambition to the Un-carrier?

John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile

Pizza Hut is dedicated to helping people unlock life’s potential. As the leader of the pizza category, we felt it was our responsibility, and privilege, to join the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to help provide young people with the tools and know-how to get job ready.

David Gibbs, CEO, of Pizza Hut, Inc.

By using our scale to create pathways to affordable education and meaningful employment for these young men and women, we’re strengthening both our workforce and our economy through world-class training, development and creating career paths. As business leaders, I believe we have a critical role to play in hiring more opportunity youth and offering these young people the chance to dream big and truly reach their aspirations.

Howard Schultz, ceo and chairman of Starbucks and co-founder of the Schultz Family Foundation

We believe that our success is the direct result of our incredibly strong people culture. Regardless of your background or experience, you can succeed at Chipotle if you have a passion for making the people around you better. Working here isn’t just a job, but a career where employees learn how to make others better, run a successful business, master culinary techniques, and most importantly, lead teams of top performers through empowerment. For people who embrace that culture, the opportunities are tremendous.

Monty Moran, co-chief executive officer at Chipotle Mexican Grill

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative can provide a pathway for young people to succeed in many of the neighborhoods our brand serves, through employment in company-owned and franchised stores that offers basic job skills, operations, and management training programs, and exposure to an enthusiastic global brand. We are proud to team up with other iconic brands in this initiative to build the next generation of skilled team members and business owners.

Patrick Doyle, CEO of Domino's

At Hyatt, caring for people to be their best is how we make a difference in the world - in our hotels and in our communities. A critical part of this is providing young people opportunities to reach their full potential. We are delighted to join forces in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, and are optimistic about the positive impact we can make - starting in our hometown of Chicago.

Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation

As a company, Nordstrom has long been committed to engaging with and supporting youth as the future leaders of our communities. We are excited for the opportunity, through the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, to meet some terrific Chicagoland young people and share with them why we think that Nordstrom is a great place to start a career.

Jamie Nordstrom, president of Stores at Nordstrom, Inc.

Red Robin seeks to build Team Members skills and focus during their time with Red Robin, and even beyond. Our Team Members know they have a great support network and we are committed to helping them achieve their goals. We look for Team Members who embody the Red Robin spirit of genuine service and provide them with the leadership skills necessary to grow successful careers.

Denny Marie Post, Red Robin’s executive vice president and chief concept officer

In America, your ZIP code should never determine your destiny. Breaking down barriers to employment for young people doesn’t just help the individual workers – it benefits entire communities and the economy at large. The corporate leaders championing the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative recognize that promoting career opportunities for youth is a win-win, and I hope more employers will follow their lead

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez


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