Commitment to Action

New Options Project

Commitment by

Return on Inspiration Labs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

In 2011, New Options, an investment of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, committed to deliver at least one proven tool or approach that effectively and efficiently connects disconnected young adults with employers who need qualified entry level employees . These approaches include developing an online job board that facilitates skill-based job searching, hiring utilizing WorkKeys scores and working with alternative schools to create an employability program that integrates workplace skills training into curricula. New Options seeks to establish new pathways that connect 16 to 24 year-old young adults who are out of school and out of work with meaningful career oppor`tunities, while at the same time creating economic gain for employers. By developing and market testing a set of innovative tools and approaches that leverage technology and skill development and assessment tools, New Options will cultivate and validate employment skills of disconnected young adults and create pipelines of previously untapped talent for employers.





New Options Project



Est. Duration

3 Years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Return on Inspiration Labs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Living Classrooms Foundation, Chicago Workforce Investment Council, ROI Ventures, LLC, Innovate+Educate