The Skills Gap
Students from diverse backgrounds, regardless of their socioeconomic status, aspire to lead lives of meaning and prosperity. Yet, many students from marginalized communities have long faced systemic barriers and inequities that severely hinder their ability to access their postsecondary ambitions which limit their employment opportunities.
Preventing Disconnection After High School
When students face uncertainty, lack interest, or are unable to access a traditional four-year college pathway after high school graduation, they can become disconnected from school and work, becoming part of a growing population known as Opportunity Youth (OY). Opportunity Youth refers to young individuals aged 16 to 24 who are neither employed nor enrolled in higher education. Unfortunately, this group is disproportionately composed of people of color from low-income communities.
Out of an estimated 6 to 9 million Opportunity Youth in the United States, Texas has roughly 12% of these young adults not working and not in school.
Connecting Youth to Careers Requiring Less Than a Four-Year Degree
The disconnection of youth not only leads to worsened life outcomes, it poses a significant loss of city and national economic activity as these individuals are not investing in themselves with further education or training and not participating in the labor market. Now is the time to connect students to high-growth, high-demand career solutions that address the systemic barriers to student success.
BridgeYear is dedicated to reversing the disconnection of youth from promising career pathways. Our dynamic solutions are designed to address the systemic barriers that hinder student success and limit economic growth. Explore our innovative programs to open doors for students: The Career Test Drive® Program offers hands-on career exploration, while Career Accelerators empower students with essential skills to prepare for the workforce. The Certification Cohort Program provides free guided pathways to success, and MorePathways (a BridgeYear website) presents affordable training options in the Houston area.
After 7 years of working alongside Houston’s underserved youth, we know our solutions work to set them on a pathway to social and economic mobility and independence. Join us in shaping a brighter future for youth and our economy.
Be a Catalyst for Change
With your support, we can empower students to enter rewarding careers and achieve economic stability. Together, we can bridge the opportunity gap and pave the way for a brighter future.