The purpose of CareerReady ATL is to establish a system for youth apprenticeships that will expand and sustain opportunities for Black, Hispanic, and other youth of color who are the least likely to have access to them in the Greater Atlanta area. The United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA) established CareerReady ATL in accordance with their investment goal for College and Career Ready, which aims to enhance the college and career readiness of 15,000 youth.
As a system, our goal is to influence the creation of 4,000 high-quality youth apprenticeship opportunities within the Greater Atlanta region by 2027. United Way will directly fund the creation of 1,350 high-quality Youth Apprenticeships.
UWGA believes in Youth Apprenticeship as a powerful racial equity strategy because it:
Priority given to organizations that do the following:
CareerReady ATL prioritizes the development of pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs aligned to occupations that are in-demand and provide a pathway to a “living wage” career with opportunities for wage growth and mobility. The target for starting wages is about $17/hr - $31/hr based on MIT wage calculator.
CareerReady ATL is focused on high-demand industries in the Greater Atlanta region, especially:
CareerReady ATL is committed to building an equitable economy and diverse talent pipelines for Atlanta’s employers. As such, we are focused on youth that meet the following criteria:
“Furthest from Opportunity” includes youth who are:
Applicants that can demonstrate their alignment to these areas of focus will be more competitive applicants. Please reference the RFP for more information.
Learn more about the CareerReady ATL application:
The orientation session recording will be posted to this page on February 15, 2023.
Questions? Contact CareerReadyATL@unitedwayatlanta.org
Read more about the grant requirements in the RFP.