General Assembly’s mission has always been to help people everywhere pursue the work that they love. To expand that mission, we founded Opportunity Fund, a philanthropic fellowship program that provides hands-on education, mentorship, and career opportunities to underrepresented groups across the globe.
Too often veterans and opportunity youth lack opportunities to learn web design. 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 and many more are employed in low-income jobs. Opportunity Fund was created so that more people can pursue cutting-edge careers in tech, challenging the notion that upwardly mobile tech jobs are only for people of specific profiles.
AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature education initiative, was moved by this idea and decided to donate a whopping $250,000 to the Opportunity Fund. The collaboration was announced as a Clinton Global Initiative America Commitment to Action. Of the 70 scholarships to be awarded in the Jump Start fellowship, 50 are dedicated to Web Design Circuit, our flexible, online course that teaches HTML, CSS, and good design practice under the mentorship of a professional web designer. This is the first time in Opportunity Fund’s history that Opportunity Fund recipients will have the option of taking online courses.
We are excited to announce that the program is now live and accepting applications.