This Can't Wait: Opportunity Abounds

Mary Yost

What do you call teens and young adults from 16 to 25 who are not in school and not working? Social scientists call them "opportunity youth"-but their opportunities need help to be created. The Columbus Foundation is stepping in with the Pathway Project: Technology Training and Careers for At-Risk Youth. The project is designed to address needs of 20,500 Franklin County opportunity youth noted in a recent Foundation report, Opportunity Awaits. In little more than a week since it was announced, Pathway Project is nearly two thirds of the way to its $600,000 fundraising goal.

Tech careers are also good opportunities for youth who finish high school but are not headed to college, according to a new report from KidsOhio.org. To help prepare more young people for tech careers, Columbus City Schools offer 37 programs in career tracks including business management, engineering science, health science, visual design and imaging, and performing arts.

Girls across the country will enjoy opportunity to develop confidence, thanks to new support announced by Thirty-One Gives for Girls on the Run. The charitable arm of Columbus-based Thirty-One Gifts is committed to changing the statistic that a girl's self-esteem peaks at age 9. Girls on the Run is a national program dedicated to boosting girls' self-confidence.

Sometimes it takes a great human resources professional to match opportunities with talents and put people in places where they can thrive. Recognize your favorite human resources professionals by making an online nomination for Columbus CEO's HR Excellence Awards before the March 18 deadline. For HR pros who work well together, see this year's new Team Excellence award category!

If you're enjoying a cup of coffee while reading this blog, and especially if your beverage is from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, take a minute to read about its community involvement. Once you do, you'll want to vote for Crimson Cup to receive the 2016 Community Excellence Award sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Columbus-based coffee roaster is one of 100 Dream Big Small Businesses of the Year finalists to be honored in June at America's Small Business Summit. Voting for the bonus award ends Friday.