Commitment to Action

Small Business Work Pathways for Opportunity Youth

Commitment by

Small Business Majority Foundation

In 2014, Small Business Majority committed to a six month project to study the issue of youth employment and engage small business owners in the effort to increase pathways for the country's under-employed youth. There are currently 5.8 million 'Opportunity Youth' in the United States, young adults, ages 16 to 24, who are not in school or work, may or may not have graduated from high school, and are not college graduates. Small Business Majority will conduct focus groups with small business owners on the issues, use its outreach events and network to find 100 small businesses willing to commit to offering memberships, internships, and innovative hiring and training programs, and will promote awareness of youth employment issues among business owners and the media.





Small Business Work Pathways for Opportunity Youth



Est. Duration

1 year

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Small Business Majority Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Springfield Job Corps, Youth Policy Institute, Rose Community Foundation, Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, The Rockefeller Foundation, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Intertech Plastics, Inc., Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Department of Labor, Goodbee & Associates, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, Blue Leopard Capital, Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board