Develop and test a disruptive strategy for the young adult market (18-24 year-olds) to increase access to higher education, reduce costs, improve persistence, and advance economic mobility.
Led a 16-week strategy engagement which included current state blueprinting, program modeling and testing, roadmapping, and employer engagement to secure partnerships within the pilot market.
The financial burden of education has been grossly amplified by the pandemic, disproportionally impacting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities already facing long-standing racial inequalities and persistent inter-generational gaps in opportunity and wealth.
In 2020, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce conducted research to identify opportunity gaps in six critical areas for BIPOC communities: Employment, Education, Entrepreneurship, Criminal Justice, Health, and Wealth Disparity. One gap that stood out to us was that 45% of Black students receive no formal education beyond high school. Our client wanted to change this narrative, bringing together organizations and employers in the communities they serve to transform the higher education model for young adults.
The desired outcome was two-fold, 1) provide young adults access to no-debt education while preparing them for the future of work, and 2) help employers build a diverse talent pipeline ready to excel in entry-level roles and beyond. The future program included:
4 Community Partnerships
Community partners have been identified and engaged for a summer pilot program.
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