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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: The Opportunity Network is an intensive, six-year program designed to equal the playing field for high-achieving, underserved high school and college students by creating access for them to career opportunities, professional networks and competitive colleges. The Opportunity Network believes influential networks are essential ingredients for success not emphasized in career development programs for youth, so we take an innovative approach by underscoring the power of personal connections and professional relationships as vital complements to skills and experience. Through interaction with executives, intensive networking training, coursework in careers, internships and college counseling, our students dramatically change the course of their futures.

Results: 98% of OppNet students are accepted to selective 4-year colleges with demonstrated financial need met. 100% graduate from college in six years and 85% in four years. 85% leverage their Career Fluency® to secure career track employment or admission to graduate school within six months of college graduation.

Target demographics: underserved, public high school students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000+ high school and college students

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: Career Fluency®

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The organization has a fantastic mission and its students are driven and professional. Volunteer events are also fun and engaging, and for the few I have attended, I've left inspired and hope to be involved more in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with OppNet's students for their March Speed Networking. Students were so professional and the session was very organized.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I look forward to attending an event in the future, as the organization is run smoothly and it's great being able to connect with the students and contribute to their professional growth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Opportunity Network is always a joy to volunteer for. The students are so motivated and the events are well organized. Glad to be able to help!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group is doing the maximum good for society by identifying talented but underprivileged inner-city youngsters and giving them the connections and resources that will help them succeed. Every interaction with them is an inspiration.

Katie167

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at Opp Net were incredibly supportive and helpful. They seem to do a lot to ensure that their interns are well placed and taken care of, but they were also careful that they were well placed, that the relationship between intern and organization was a good match.

One intern worked out so well that I am trying to figure out how I can hire her when she graduates from college this summer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Opportunity Network as a volunteer college essay coach and networking partner for over two years. This organization is amazing - and so are the students it serves. Every time I leave an event at OppNet, I feel more positive about the future of our world if it is in the hands of these students. The experiences Opportunity Network provides are thorough, rigorous, and engaging. I've been a lifelong volunteer at a number of organizations; OppNet is one of the very best.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

When it comes to networking for the youth, the Opp Network hits the nail on the head. They are committed to supporting youth across the boroughs of NYC, creating several events to engage participants (both students and sponsors).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great opportunities for students to develop early professional/career skills. Really proud to be a mentor/volunteer with this group

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am currently an OppNet College Fellow and on the Student Board of Directors, Class of 2019, and without the great support and immense love from the OppNet staff, I would not be attending college right now! The Opportunity Network has opened all sort of doors and pathways for me through college admissions, summer internships, mentors and developing a sense of professional development for the workforce. The expansion of The Opportunity Network, both in staff and students, displays the great success it has on supporting low-income, first generation students achieve their goals in high school, college and beyond!