OYI: Using a Collective Impact Approach
The Opportunity Youth Initiative (OYI) brings together more than 45 partner organizations representing public agencies, community-based organizations, employers, school districts, and community colleges and the youth themselves on a common agenda to create pathways to education and careers for the 20,000 Opportunity Youth in the county.
Guided by a collective impact approach, the OYI has developed a set of strategies to connect youth with employment in family-sustaining careers. The OYI partner organizations co-created an action plan to produce results and have made a commitment with public accountability to share data, to continuously communicate and to align resources and activities. The Urban Strategies Council is providing the backbone support for the initiative, and is one of 6 sites in California and 23 nationwide participating in the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund sponsored by the Aspen Institute.