This conversation led into next Q&A, featuring leaders from UTEC, InnerCity Weightlifting, and Bridge over Troubled Waters. All three identified systemic challenges for opportunity youth that go beyond individual barriers, including segregated neighborhoods along race and class distinctions, noted Jon Feinman of InnerCity Weightlifting.
“Our young people don’t have power – yet,” said Elisabeth Jackson of Bridge over Troubled Waters. “The hope factor” is important for young ppl who will encounter bumps and setbacks along the way, said UTEC’s Gregg Croteau. “If you see something is possible, you keep going.”
We appreciate Bank of America’s commitment to showing young adults that many career pathways are possible. More than $40 million has been invested into workforce programs by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, and UTEC is grateful to be among the grantee partners who serve opportunity youth and impact young adults.