"By using our scale and strengths, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation work to improve the lives of millions of people through creating economic mobility," said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. "Through our Retail Opportunity initiative, we are working to not only advance our own 1.2 million associates, but elevate the entire retail sector. We are very pleased with the progress made to date through the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and excited to continue working with other employers to hire, retain and build career pathways for opportunity youth."

"It is encouraging and exciting to see companies rethinking traditional hiring practices in ways that benefit youth and provide business value to employers ," said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. "The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to support the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, and we look forward to continuing to work with these corporations committed to impact hiring. Together, we can grow these efforts to attract and retain qualified young people in a way that generates sustained impact, building a more inclusive economy that works for everyone."

The latest companies to join the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative include Five Guys, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, MOD Pizza, PCC Natural Markets, Savers and Swiss Post Solutions. The initiative is generously supported by the Alaska Airlines, Arizona Community Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, California Endowment, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Delaware North, Dominos, FedEx, Hilton, HMS Host, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Macy's, Medina Foundation, Microsoft, My Brother's Keeper Alliance, Nordstrom, Papa John's, The Prudential Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Starbucks Foundation, Taco Bell, Target, T-Mobile, Walmart Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This work is supported by grants and led by The Aspen Institute's Forum for Community Solutions and FSG.

"Improving life outcomes for Opportunity Youth is a moral imperative and economic necessity, and we are thrilled to see the terrific response to this national effort from employers, community leaders and the young people themselves," said Melody Barnes, chair of Aspen Institute's Forum for Community Solutions. "We must stay the course and accelerate and deepen its efforts to provide opportunities to a million young people in the United States over the next five years so that we can make meaningful progress for this population."

The Aspen Institute's Forum for Community Solutions has served as an important intermediary for the initiative, leveraging its national Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, which supports collaborative efforts focused on Opportunity Youth in 23 communities around the country. The Aspen Institute provides direct funding, leadership, technical assistance, and programmatic support to the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle and future cities.

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