At GA, we always try to bring data to the conversation. The data around unemployment, particularly for low income youth, recent college grads and veterans, isn’t the kind of data we like to see. In the United States alone, there are nearly 6.7 million young people ages 16 to 24 who are neither employed nor pursuing education; additionally, 5.3% of all veterans are currently unemployed.
While we can’t reverse these trends overnight, we can, with the help of amazing partners, help move things in the right direction, and make seismic changes over time. The Opportunity Fund scholarship program exists to offer new pathways to rewarding careers in tech, business and design for underrepresented groups.
Last week, our Co-Founder and CEO, Jake Schwartz, stood onstage with Chelsea Clinton and others who committed to action at Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America). There we announced that AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature education initiative, will contribute $250,000 to Opportunity Fund to strengthen our collective efforts in empowering underrepresented groups to pursue meaningful career opportunities — those most in demand in the 21st century.
Seventy veterans and low-income youth will benefit from these scholarship programs this year thanks to AT&T’s generous contribution. This includes 20 scholarships to GA’s full-time, 12-week Web Development Immersive (WDI) course and User Experience Design Immersive (UXDI) course in San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. as well as 50 scholarships for Web Design Circuit, an online web design course.