Economic Opportunity Challenge

Proven Pathways to Transformative Careers in Tech

Per Scholas

Per Scholas, a leading technology workforce development organization will join The Financial Clinic and MDRC to propel 20,000+ low-income individuals into the middle class.

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
Economic Opportunity Challenge
Workforce development
Current Work Location(s):
  • District of Columbia, United States
  • New York, United States
  • Michigan, United States
  • Texas, United States
  • Ohio, United States
  • Illinois, United States
  • California, United States
  • Washington, United States
  • Arizona, United States
  • North Carolina, United States
Priority Population(s):
  • Adults
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Unemployed people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

Despite a booming economy, 44% of U.S. workers earn <$15/hour, and the percentages among people of color and women are even higher. The problem isn’t a shortage of high-quality jobs: employers post thousands they struggle to fill. Rather, in a digital economy, getting and keeping good jobs requires specialized knowledge, skills and social capital that many jobseekers lack. Per Scholas, the nation’s leading technology workforce development organization collaborates with employers to design accelerated, immersive training for high-quality technology jobs they need to fill. We recruit un/underemployed adults (18+) to take those courses and help graduates -- a large majority from communities of color -- launch successful tech careers. Collaboratively with MDRC and The Financial Clinic, we propose an ambitious national scaling agenda training 20,000+ low-income students by 2025, equipping them with lifelong tools to thrive, while simultaneously helping power the economic development of entire cities and regions.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Per Scholas

Organization Headquarters
New York, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$10.1 to 25 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
101 to 300

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