Overview

College and Career Ready creates a clear path for youth to get through school and ready for either higher education or high growth careers. 

GOAL: Improve college and career readiness by 10% or for 15,000 youth in communities with low Child Well-Being by 2027 

All Child Well-Being Mission Fund grants are organized into three major approaches: Direct Service, Systems Change, and Capacity Building. For more information on the Fund and what type of work falls into each of these approaches, click here.  

Within the College and Career Ready Investment Priority Area, we have four pathways through which we seek to create change:  

  1. Academic Support: Improve academic outcomes by ensuring youth have access to the supports and experiences e.g., afterschool and summer experiences that foster academic outcomes, employability skills such as 21st century skills, leadership development, and planning for future careers as well as hands-on, project-based, quality mentoring and experiential enrichment opportunities targeted to increase youth’s engagement in learning and social-emotional development. 
  2. Career Pathway: Cultivate developmentally appropriate opportunities for youth to build the soft and hard skills including youth apprenticeships that will make them competitive in the current and future workforce as well as providing personal growth and development and social/economic opportunities. 
  3. College Planning: Support youth and their families in navigating the complexities of accessing and completing a post-secondary program including selection, enrollment, funding, and other supports that eliminate barriers as well as maximize young people’s ability to take advantage of their post-secondary options by increasing quality mentoring, leadership, service-learning opportunities and support for reducing school dropouts. 
  4. Secure Housing and Basic Needs: Access to safe and stable housing, short-term crisis assistance, and sustained access to healthy food and comprehensive healthcare is fundamental for children, families and communities to move from crisis to stability, and to improve outcomes across all Child Well-Being metrics. Incorporating these fundamental elements into services for youth and their families are critical to reaching positive outcomes in education, employment and socio-emotional development.

It is critical that we increase access to college and career ready opportunities for youth and young adults while addressing systemic issues such as poverty using a racial equity lens to eliminate barriers that young people face in their current educational and workforce environments. Our focus is to equip youth with high quality college and career opportunities that eliminate achievement gaps and lead to sustainable careers and greater economic prosperity. Regardless of race or zip code, all young people deserve the opportunity to graduate high school and have access to resources that truly connect them to higher education and high-growth careers.  

To read more about the College and Career Ready Investment Priority Area and the Child Well-Being Mission Fund, click here. 

Current Funding Opportunities

The College and Career Ready Investment Priority area is requesting proposals from organizations providing services in the following two pathways. Applicants can apply to learning loss (academic support) and/or career pathway.

Learning Loss (Strengthening Academic Support: Direct Service Approach)
United Way of Greater Atlanta (United Way) and Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (Georgia DFCS) will collaborate to strengthen academic support by reducing learning loss (located on Learning Loss RFP). Learning Loss refers to any specific or general loss of knowledge and skills or to reversals in academic progress, most commonly due to extended gaps or discontinuities in a student’s education. (Learn more about Learning Loss.) Through the strategy of Academic Support, organizations will provide one or more of the following components: tutoring, mentoring, literacy programming, youth development programming or any activities that complement and reinforce the educational needs.  

  • Open to community-based organizations across the state of Georgia who serve children and youth who are furthest from opportunity across the state of Georgia and provide program services and/or supports to reduce learning loss. 
  • Program participants must meet the DCFS eligibility requirements: (1) serve youth and families within low-to-moderate income communities and the foster care system within the state of Georgia specifically U.S. citizens or legal immigrants, Georgia residents, families who are currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), families who have a household income 300% or less of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and youth who are 5 - 17 years old. 

Priority given to organizations that utilize the following: 

  • Promote Two-generation Outcomes – meaning strategies that promote the well-being of children and their families through coordinated services and opportunities that work synergistically to improve the circumstances of the entire family 
  • Ensure children and their families have the food, shelter, transportation, and technology that are fundamental to achieving educational outcomes, healthy lives and reaching economic stability  
  • Serving regions in *2, 8, 9, 10, 11 (located on Learning Loss RFP)* 

Career Pathway: Direct Service Approach
Cultivate developmentally appropriate opportunities for youth to build the soft and hard skills, including registered apprenticeships, that will make them competitive in the current and future workforce. Increase quality mentoring relationships that have powerful positive effects on young people - personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunities.

Competitive applicants will provide active supports, services and/or programming for young people that foster academic outcomes, leadership development, employability skills and planning for future careers specifically opportunities to engage in workplace readiness training and paid work experiences that increase skills, knowledge, and readiness for the world of work, including apprenticeships and certifications that align to industry needs and high demand careers.  

Career Pathway: Systems Approach
Cultivate developmentally appropriate opportunities for youth to build the soft and hard skills, including registered apprenticeships, that will make them competitive in the current and future workforce. Increase quality mentoring relationships that have powerful positive effects on young people - personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunities.  

Competitive applicants will articulate clear strategies that increase access to equitable education and economic opportunities that support family wage employment for low-income youth and youth of color and support inclusive economic growth and better economic mobility for the Greater Atlanta region. Strategies may include improving access to  dual enrollment, Career Technical Agricultural Education (CTAE) and work-based learning opportunities; leveraging local & national partners’ efforts and best practices to influence racial equity practices across institutions that lead to systemic change. This approach could include 2 or more organizations collaborating to create system change.  

The Career Pathway is open to organizations that provide career pathways for youth aged 14-24 who also meet at least one or more of the following criteria 

  • are, or have previously been, involved in the child welfare or criminal justice system;  
  • are parents; 
  • are youth of color living in a low-income household; 
  • are living in low or very low Child Well-Being communities (specifically zip codes: 30032, 30310, 30311, 30315, 30337 and 30297);  
  • are Opportunity Youth (i.e., disconnected from school or the workforce) 
  • Organizations must provide wrap-around services or collaborate with other organization(s) to address immediate and basic needs for young people e.g., food, housing/shelter, clothing, transportation, financial coaching, and childcare supports. 

Priority given to organizations that utilize the following: 

  • Utilize trauma informed practices and services specifically the Five Guiding Principles: safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, and empowerment. (Learn more at Child Trends). Organizations who are enhancing academic and social-emotional development that support the whole child e.g., self-confidence, ability to develop meaningful and lasting relationships and/or building resilience for young people to address adversities that they encounter at school, home and in the community.  
  • Collaborating with school districts to align their career pathways with districts’ work-based learning and Career, Technology, Agricultural and Education (CTAE) programs​. 

 

Grant Time & Award Information

Process Timeline

The grant process has five phases that will extend from January – May 2022. More information will be provided in the Applicant Orientation.

Information
Session

January

Applicant Orientation Webinar

Application opens Jan. 12, 2022

Application
Submission

Application deadline: February 2, 2022

All applications submitted through FLUXX

No incomplete or late submissions accepted

Application
Review

Mid-February – Early April

Assessment of application

Follow up questions

Notification
 

Mid–Late April

United Way Leadership volunteers make grant decisions

All applicants notified

Contract
 

Late April – Mid May

Grantee Orientation

Development of measures

Finalize contract

Award Information

  • All applicants will be notified in late-April after United Way leadership volunteers complete their decision-making.
  • The minimum grant award will be $25,000 for a one-year grant period.
  • We anticipate awarding 4 organizations with grant awards ranging $35,000 - $100,000 for the Career Pathways funding opportunity.
  • We anticipate awarding 50-60 organizations in the amount of $50,000 per organization for the Strengthening Academic Support funding opportunity.
  • First time Awardees will participate in the Grantee Orientation to gain more information about grant expectations. Please note: United Way of Greater Atlanta uses a Results Based Accountability measurement framework across our Child Well-Being Mission Fund investments. For organizations that are award recipients we will provide detailed training and United Way staff will work with your organization to develop a minimum of 1 Results Based Accountability metric that corresponds to your grant during the Contract Phase of the process.

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit or working with a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit as their fiscal sponsor  
  • Career Pathways applicants cannot have an active grant from United Way of Greater of Atlanta, excluding any active grant awards issued from the following grant programs: Emergency Housing Assistance Program, Building Opportunities in Out-of-School Time (BOOST) grant, School-Age Help and Relief Effort (SHARE) grant, Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), and United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund (UfREHF) 
  • The Strengthening Academic Support funding opportunity is open to any organization, regardless of previous United Way funding.
  • Maintain a current registration with the Georgia Secretary of State office. 
  • Have an independent governing body consisting of at least nine voting members who are resident volunteers, that has the authority to decide policy and strategic direction with respect to the agency's programs, administration and finances, in accordance with the organization's By-Laws, and who shall meet at least four times per year.  Paid staff must not be a voting member of the Board. 
  • Maintain a non-discrimination policy or plan that does not discriminate on the basis of race, cultural heritage, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or status as a qualified disabled or handicapped individual. 
  • Demonstrate financial management - All financial statements must show evidence of accounting principles in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP) and include full disclosures and appropriate notes for such things as leases, loans, investments and affiliated party transactions. 

How to Apply

United Way of Greater Atlanta will be accepting applications from January 12, 2022 – February 2, 2022 through our grants portal FLUXX. The link will to the application will go live on January 12, 2022.