New Options helps untapped talent gain marketable skills and build bridges to employers eager for a more prepared workforce. Work zones are used to create and test innovative products and market-based approaches that provide pathways to employment, which are supported by national initiatives and movement building to influence perceptions. The following zones are part of the New Options Project:
Anchor organizations lead each work zone and provide a foundation for developing and testing a set of innovative tools and approaches. New Options is not focused on housing these tools and approaches within particular organizations, however. Each zone is ultimately seeking to create solutions that respond to market demand. If the tools and approaches deliver impact and results, they will be adopted by others and pulled into the marketplace at a greater scale than would ever be possible within the context of a single organization.
Each zone is testing a specific hypothesis and has a unique point of view on what it takes to:
- Fundamentally shift how the individuals and systems surrounding disconnected young adults operate
- Connect disconnected young adults with jobs
- Incentivize employers to hire disconnected young adults
- Provide alternatives to traditional degrees that are more effective in getting disconnected young adults onto the first rung of the career ladder