New Door Ventures, a San Francisco based non-profit organization which helps disadvantaged young adults obtain the skills needed to get and hold meaningful jobs, was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Google Bay Area Impact Challenge. New Door was selected as one of 25 recipients throughout the Bay Area and was chosen based its community impact, as well as the scalability and feasibility of the innovative project it proposed.
The grant money will be used by New Door to launch a technology-based social enterprise to provide disconnected youth with yearlong paid jobs, training and certification, supportive case management, and experience in online research and data management.
In August, 2013, this Website featured a story on Tess Reynolds, CEO of New Door Ventures. In taking the position at New Door, Reynolds overcame personal tragedy and followed God’s guidance to make a dramatic career and priority change. Regarding the grant, Reynolds comments:
With the help of Google’s grant, we are able to help bridge the growing divide between disconnected youth and the booming technology industry in their own backyard. Our program provides a viable on-ramp for these youth to access jobs in the fast-growing online work sector.
According to New Door, San Francisco has nearly 8,000 16 to 24 year-olds who are disconnected from employment, education, and the social support needed to transition successfully to adulthood. Without intervention, each young adult will cost the country $940,000 in social and economic costs over their lifetime. By providing disconnected youth with employment and training, New Door increases the earning potential of young adults it serves and lessens their burden on the city.
New Door currently runs two other social enterprises, Ashbury Images (screen-printed T-shirts and apparel) and Pedal Revolution (bicycle sales and repair), along with an internship program for youth, Ally Job Partners. New Door’s mission is to prepare at-risk youth for work and life by providing an integrated program of employment, training, educational supports and individualized case management.
To learn more about New Door Ventures, visit their Website.
Written by Christina Richardson and Skip Vaccarello