“We know that one of the most effective ways to spread inclusive prosperity is by connecting residents to good paying opportunities.”
“Through this partnership with the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, we will be able to equip more young Washingtonians with the skills they need to succeed in DC’s job market, help them find opportunities in the community, and get them on pathways to the middle class.”
– Mayor Muriel Bowser
The 1000 Opportunities Initiative is modeled after the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative – the nation’s largest employer-led coalition established by the Schultz Foundation.
We will connect 1000 residents in communities hardest hit by unemployment and violence to employment and training opportunities over the next 90 days. Additionally, we will deploy workforce ambassadors to communities to provide training and programming at recreation centers and to recruit residents to sign up for workforce programming.
Our City, Our Community
The District of Columbia’s economy is thriving. Investments in our employment programs are the envy of the nation and for the first time in 12 years, the District is off of high risk with the Department of Labor. Most importantly, our residents – hungry for opportunity are finally getting connected to sustainable, good paying opportunities, faster.
But the growth and prosperity experienced in our great city is uneven. Unemployment in overlooked and underserved communities—though down—is still too high.
Under the leadership of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, the District of Columbia is taking bold steps to reduce unemployment in communities disproportionately impacted by violence. Through the 1000 Opportunities Initiative, we will connect at least 1000 residents with paid workforce training and subsidized and unsubsidized employment over the next 90 days.
Our goal is to attack the root cause of violence in our communities by expanding economic opportunity for as many residents as possible, because this is our city and our community.