Opportunity Reboot is part of our Economic Opportunity focus area. Opportunity Reboot mobilizes public and private resources to sustain and grow the work of organizations creating career pathways for opportunity youth, youth who are disconnected from education and employment. Training and technical support are provided to help organizations bridge best practices in youth development and workforce development in order to more effectively create pathways to school, career, and life success.
The program began in 2015, when Youthprise secured funding from state and federal agencies to increase employment opportunities for young people across Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Office of Youth Development, Search Institute, and MENTOR Minnesota are key partners in the initiative.
Primary funding was provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, who awarded Youthprise with a $3 million Social Innovation Fund grant for three years. Youthprise matched the amount with local funds and selected six organizations to implement the Opportunity Reboot model, which aims at increasing career pathways for opportunity youth in Minnesota.
Original Opportunity Reboot grantees were Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP), Migizi Communications, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Sauk Rapids-Rice School District/ Initiative Foundation, and SOAR.
Opportunity Reboot addresses the economic challenges confronting young people and is one solution to the persistent racial disparities in our state. While the Twin Cities ranks #1 among the largest 25 metro areas for the proportion of adults working, the Twin Cities ranks 23 out of 25 for the largest employment gap between White and Black residents.
Opportunity youth need our support more than ever during this challenging time.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Opportunity Reboot has been focused on systems change that promotes the wellbeing of opportunity youth and supports their paths to success. We have compiled a list of policy and legislative changes that can be implemented to better their futures and the future of Minnesota as a whole.
In partnership with Search Institute, Youthprise evaluated the 5 years of Opportunity Reboot on its effectiveness in creating pathways to school, career, and life success for opportunity youth. The Opportunity Reboot model was evaluated on its success expanding program services and integrating a systemic focus on four key components:
Outcomes since Launching in 2016:
Hugh J. Anderson Foundation
Open Your Heart
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Katherine B. Andersen Fund of the Saint Paul
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Minnesota Office of
Rice County Family Services Collaborative
The Saint Paul Foundation
The McKnight Foundation
Sauk Rapids-Rice School District
City of Minneapolis/STEP-UP Discover
Minnesota State Funds
DEED Equity Funds
Minnesota Youth Intervention Program Grant
State of Minnesota
Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation
Northfield Area United Way
Transitional Employment Program
Essentia Health Corporate Contributions
Northfield Healthy Community Initiative
F.R. Bigelow Foundation
Northfield Public Schools General Fund
United Way - Head of the Lakes
Faribault Public Schools
Workforce Development Inc.
Northwest Area Foundation