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The Walmart Foundation

In 2012, the Center for Youth and Communities became the National Program Office for The Walmart Foundation initiative to give $5 Million to employ, educate, and support urban summer youth employment.  Approximately 3,400 vulnerable youth received services in Chicago, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix/Maricopa County.  In partnership with local agencies, schools, and nonprofits in each city, program sites served low-income youth, including those who are especially vulnerable, and provided participants with meaningful jobs and work-based learning opportunities in nonprofit and public sector settings.  The Center administered the grants, worked closely with the seven communities to provide technical assistance, capacity building, and evaluation services, and collected data to assess program effectiveness.  It also developed further recommendations for future Foundation investment.

The Center has supported the Walmart Foundation’s efforts to promote innovative summer work and learning opportunities since Spring 2011, when the Foundation funded summer youth employment opportunities in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. and invited the Center to be a technical assistance and learning partner.  With funding from the Walmart Foundation, the Center, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, hosted a national briefing and learning exchange, "Enough is Known for Action! Ready to Employ, Educate, and Support Youth" in order to highlight U.S. cities' work and successful approaches.

Susan Curnan, Principal Investigator; Susan Lanspery, Project Manager

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