It is critical that our region increases access to college and career ready opportunities for youth and young adults while addressing systemic issues, racial equity, and poverty in our current educational and workforce systems.

CareerReady ATL is an initiative to build a Youth Apprenticeship System that will scale and sustain youth apprenticeship opportunities for Black, Hispanic, and other youth of color furthest from opportunity in the Greater Atlanta region. CareerReady ATL was launched by the United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA) in alignment to their College and Career Ready investment priority which aims to improve the college and career readiness for 15,000 youth.

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. Youth apprenticeships are programs designed to do this by preparing youth for the workforce with paid, hands-on work experience alongside coursework. In the past, apprenticeship was focused on the trades, but now it is being used to grow talent pipelines in all fields for 1,000s of high growth, living wage occupations.

CareerReady ATL celebrates the robust work-based learning and adult workforce programs and leadership that exist in Greater Atlanta. We want to build upon this success and work with partners to increase the capacity for more youth apprenticeship opportunities.


This grant is focused on two types of CareerReady ATL investments in youth apprenticeship: 1) Program Development Grants and 2) Program Implementation Grants through our career pathway strategy. This strategy focuses on cultivating developmentally appropriate opportunities for young people to build soft and hard skills including youth apprenticeships that will make them competitive in the current and future workforce. 

Applications accepted from February 27 – April 7

Applicants can apply for the CareerReady ATL grants through April 7, 2023, using United Way’s portal. Access to the portal will be provided after the first learning session on February 14, 2023.

Why should apply? Nonprofit organizations that are looking to build or implement pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship pathways for young people may complete a grant application via United Way’s Grant Portal FLUXX. The grant application will be available on February 27. Organizations will be notified of the grant award decision in May 2023.

Attend a Learning Session

Februayr 14, 2023, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

February 16, 2022, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Although it has been more than two years since the first school shutdowns prompted by COVID-19, the academic achievement gap and mental health challenges brought on by the pandemic persist.


Disparities in academic achievement have been compounded in low-income regions and in communities of color. If left unaddressed these academic gaps resulting from the pandemic are expected to reduce the future lifetime earnings of youth and further widen racial wealth gaps. To overcome delays in academic and social-emotional development induced by the pandemic, it is more critical than ever to focus on the whole child approach which provides supports the academic, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of youth. It is essential that young people have high-quality programs focused on developmental supports, such as tutoring and quality out-of-school learning, to address the learning loss and educational inequities created and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.    

The Georgia legislature has allocated state funds to the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services to reduce learning loss for the state of Georgia. Among various strategies to utilizing the funds, United Way of Greater Atlanta (United Way) and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (Georgia DFCS) has chosen to strategically focus on reducing learning loss by implementing a statewide competitive grant process. This grant opportunity will support community-based organizations in Georgia who are reducing learning loss through building reading skills, improving math proficiency, supporting school transition, strengthening family engagement, supporting learning acceleration, increasing access to quality out of school time and contextualizing learning. 

Please note: the grants are available to organizations serving school-age children.


Learning Loss applications will be accepted from October 3 – October 28 through United Way’s portal. Applicant orientation sessions will be held on October 4, 2022 at 1:30pm and  October 5, 2022 at 10am.  Prospective applicants can find grant details and the full eligibility criteria here.