by Bethany Lampland
Originally published: February 21, 2017
How does a company recruit top talent with the tenacity to get the job done and the diversity to bring new and valued perspectives to their work? These days, this is a ubiquitous question being asked by hiring managers at startups and Fortune 500 companies alike. The answer is not straight forward, but as one of New York’s largest social services nonprofits with nearly 2,000 employees and constant hiring needs, at The New York Foundling, we know that merely posting on job boards and culling for pedigreed resumes isn’t working.
A year ago, The Foundling began offering New York City’s first digital divide programming targeted at the foster youth population, with an aim towards launching a new group of talented and diverse millennials into the workforce. Nationwide, there are more than 400,000 children in foster care. Less than half of these youth will be employed within four years of emancipation, and just three percent will graduate from college.