More Than 1,000 Youth Offered On-the-Spot Jobs During 100,000 Opportunities Hiring Fair and Forum in Los Angeles

Biggest Job Fair of its Kind Kicks Off Long-Term Effort to Employ
LA’s Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year olds Who Are Not in School or

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, the nation’s largest employer-led
coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people,
today announced that in one day, more than 1,000 Opportunity Youth were
offered on-the-spot offers through the Los Angeles Hiring Fair & Forum
on Feb. 11.

Hiring managers from more than 30 companies, including, Chipotle, HMS
Host, Lyft, Nordstrom, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Sweetgreen,
Taco Bell, Target, TOMS, and more, met with thousands of young people in
an effort to connect Los Angeles County’s more than 200,000 Opportunity
Youth – 16-24 year olds who are disconnected from school and employment
– to meaningful job opportunities and resources. In addition to
immediate job offers, the coalition provided access to services and
continued follow up through the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
the Alliance for Children’s Rights & Los Angeles Opportunity Youth
Collaborative, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, UNITE-LA, Los
Angeles Unified School District, LeadersUp, and more than 30 other
community-based organizations.

The more than 1,000 jobs offered in LA is in addition to the 1,300
on-the-spot job offers that were granted in Chicago and Phoenix through
similar fairs last year, and is part of an overall effort to hire
100,000 Opportunity Youth nationwide by 2018. Along with the record
number of job offers granted in one day, the Opportunity Fair and Forum
also began a long-term impact on the Los Angeles community and the 6,000
who were onsite for the event. For example:

  • Thousands of youth worked on their resumes and completed
    job applications
    under the support of resume coaches and
    application expert volunteers
  • 1,200 youth participated in FIND YOUR FIT powered by Clothes the
    Deal and Nordstrom
    600 Found their Fit, and 300
    walked away with a new suit or clothes
  • 1,000 engaged at the Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship booth where
    youth where encouraged to apply beginning early Spring
  • 350 youth built their confidence through mock interviews with
    company leaders, community service organizations and hiring managers
  • 220 youth learned how to make a lasting impression at the
    Sephora inside JCPenney style booth
  • 200 youth registered to vote, and 20 youth applied to be poll
    for upcoming elections
  • 130 youth got headshots and created new LinkedIn
    or updated their existing profiles
  • 105 youth and staff received learned more about how to manage
    a record
    and explored expungement services

“What we collectively accomplished in LA was extraordinary, and I was
personally fortunate to be a part of something that was life-changing
for thousands of young people and their support networks as they start
their journey to employment and opportunity. This initial effort will
continue to impact tens of thousands of young people through the
collective efforts of the employers, LA County and the City of LA,” said
Brian Niccol, Chief Executive Officer for Taco Bell, on behalf of the
100,000 Opportunities Initiative. “I would like to thank everyone who
dedicated their time, resources and energies to make this the largest
Opportunity Fair dedicated to supporting and hiring Opportunity Youth.”

“Providing a young person with the opportunity for a job helps create a
path to a fulfilling career,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The
100,000 Opportunities Initiative brought thousands of smart, ambitious
Angelenos closer to their dreams. We are building on that success with
my pledge to connect 15,000 young people with year-round employment
opportunities in 2016 — by expanding City Department support of my Hire
L.A.’s Youth initiative, and growing our partnerships with the private
sector. Together, we are opening new doors of possibilities for the next

A Call to Action in Los Angeles

There are nearly 214,000 people between the ages of 16 and 24 in
metropolitan Los Angeles who are neither working nor in school.
According to new research from Arizona State University’s Morrison
Institute for Public Policy, failure to act and employ Opportunity Youth
in Los Angeles will impose an estimated lifetime social burden of $129.3
billion. And, nationally, 5.5 million Opportunity Youth have a potential
taxpayer burden of $1.30 trillion and an aggregate social burden of
$4.87 trillion, which underscores the urgent need to create sustainable
pathways for Opportunity Youth. For more information on this economic
study, please visit the Morrison
Institute for Public Policy website.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is generously supported by the
Arizona Community Foundation, California Endowment, Dominos, FedEx,
Hilton, HMS Host, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, MacArthur Foundation,
Macy’s, Papa John’s, Prudential Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation,
Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Starbucks Foundation, Taco Bell,
Target, T-Mobile, Walmart Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Since launching in July 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has
grown to 35 leading U.S. companies including Alaska Airlines, Chipotle
Mexican Grill, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Dominos, FedEx,
Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft,
Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut,,
Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Prudential, Red Robin, Republic Services,
Sprinkles, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile,
TOMS, VILLA, Walgreens and Walmart.

For more leader quotes from members of the 100,000 Opportunities
Initiative, visit:

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has the goal of creating the
nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to
creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in
the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just
entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on
the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth that have
some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a
successful career. For more information, please visit


100,000 Opportunities Initiative