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The Opportunity Network

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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

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Opportunity Network is a fantastic organization, and the students are bright and motivated with such a drive to succeed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at OppNet over the years and am consistently pleased with my experiences with staff, students, and at the events. I plan to volunteer again the the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with OppNet a few times over the past two years, and have always been impressed by the level of service they provide to the students in their programming. From "speed networking" to panel discussions about future career choices, they are truly setting high school aged kids up for future success. I'd recommend this nonprofit to anyone who is looking to give back to NYC students!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do a wonderful job of preparing students for a successful college and professional career in fields that they are not typically exposed to.

Carly-Ann F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with the Opportunity Network for over 6 years and was honored to join their Associate Board this year. I'm truly impressed by the dedication of the Oppnet team to the students in their fellows program. Having had many opportunities to engage with the students and alumni of the program has shed light on the impact this organization has made in shaping their futures for the best. The students truly leave with experiences, that prepare them to not only enter the workforce but the skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve upward mobility. I’m constantly inspired by the drive and accomplishments of the students I meet at Oppnet’s speed networking events and mock interview sessions.

I was truly blown away by an Oppnet alumni Y-Lan Nguyen, who I had the pleasure of sitting next to at the 2016 Oppnet Night of Opportunity Gala. At age 24 she is a part of the executive team of a startup that has created a solution to help combat counterfeit medication. Hearing about her journey first hand gave me an even deeper perspective of the impact that Oppnet has on the lives of its fellows.

As an immigrant and a black woman who has navigated the New York City public school system to a great career journey, I understand firsthand why programs like Oppnet are a huge asset. An education is nothing without access to a network and opportunity. It’s always an honor to support the Opportunity Network and their mission to support students of color.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Phenomenal organization - incredible students and the volunteers always leave inspired and having learned something!

Jenny Dodson M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had an amazing experience serving as a volunteer with OppNet. At career round tables the students are always engaging, with great questions. As a college essay mentor I developed a deep bond with two amazing young women who have gone on to university and are doing well. They are making a real difference in the lives of brilliant young New Yorkers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered in numerous capacity and the staff and students they serve are the most engaged and inspiring team of people I have encountered in a long time! I admire their commitment!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to The Opportunity Network around 7 years ago, when I attended their annual gala. I was blown away by the program and the way the achieve their mission. Over the last 7 years I've become increasingly more involved - organizing events to raise awareness about the organization, attending workshops and other events with the fellows, mentoring the fellows that I've developed a close bond with, and having a couple of fellows intern with my company during their summer break. It is has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I'm grateful to OppNet and their team for continuing to do the good work they do and for allowing me to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an Opportunity Network Volunteer for some years. I have sat with many students of theirs at Speed Net Working Events. I rate this organization with the highest score possible. It is highly professional and helps kids achieve their highest levels of learning, gives them social skills and helps them to be accepted at colleges.
Gail Rogers
NY

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.

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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!