Help us close the Opportunity Divide by moving more young people from an average annual wage of under $1,000 to almost $35,000 with technology and healing.
In the last 5 years, Hopeworks has proven that training young people in technical skills, preparing them with professional, social, and emotional skills, and then giving them real-world experience in our web development and data management businesses works. The proof is an over 90% job retention rate after 12 months that moves youth from an average annual income under $1,000 to one of $34,946.
The secret to closing the opportunity divide is engaging young people to solve real business problems and provide valuable technical services to Philadelphia’s growing tech sector. The regions high youth unemployment is a huge opportunity to solve Philadelphia’s need for qualified workers and to transform the region’s deep poverty rate.
Hopeworks has the youth, the employers, a proven model, and the space. Now we need investment to grow our business development efforts — providing more jobs for youth — and growing the support infrastructure to make sure youth are ready for those jobs.