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Pathways to Progress: A Tangible Impact on Youth Economic Opportunity

Citi P2P Issue Brief_062917In 2014, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a three-year, $50 million initiative in the U.S. to help 100,000 low-income youth, ages 16 to 24, develop the workplace skills and leadership experience needed to compete in a 21st Century economy.

To achieve its ambitious goal, the Foundation enacted a multi-tiered strategy focused primarily in ten cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The strategy included an investment in five flagship organizations representing different program “pathways” designed to have a longstanding impact on a youth’s economic well-being, presented in Figure 1. Complementing the flagship organizations, the Citi Foundation also invested in national and local organizations as part of Pathways to Progress, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Academy Foundation, and the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues.

This Issue Brief is the fourth and final in the Pathways to Progress series. In this Brief, we focus on the impact of the five flagship Pathways to Progress grantees on the youth they have served, and provide a retrospective look at the progress and select lessons from the first three years of the investment.

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