Meet our partners, funders and friends.

"We are committed to service, dedicated to research and learning that addresses social problems and are deeply engaged in the community—enabling us to be a part of the solution we want to see in the world."

In 2017, the ASU College of Public Service & Community Solutions and CHCYD became the backbone organization in Phoenix for the national 100K Opportunities Initiative. In Maricopa County, the mission and goals of the national 100K Opportunities Initiative are carried out by Opportunities for Youth (OFY).  OFY is a coalition of over 50 employers, governmental agencies, non-profits, community colleges, and universities committed to creating educational and employment pathways for opportunity youth across Maricopa County.Under the leadership of Dean Jonathan Koppell, the initiative continues to find solutions to complex issues for opportunity youth.

The Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. Aspen Institute experts are bringing a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives all aimed at doing the most good for the greatest number of people.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative aims to bridge the opportunity divide for the 4.9 million Americans, aged 16 – 24, who are out of school and not working. With millions of job openings, employers are looking to hire strong talent

We forge connections between employers and the employees they need. Closing this gap creates pathways for opportunity youth while meeting critical business needs and strengthening our economy.


The Center for Human Capital and Youth Development (CHCYD) is a space in which faculty, students, community partners, youth and policymakers can work together on research, practice and policy initiatives for youth to enhance their educational, employment and leadership opportunities.

The goal of CHCYD is to understand the strengths youth possess and the challenges they face in accomplishing positive educational, employment and life outcomes. We work with community partners and youth to design, implement, evaluate and disseminate evidence-based and community-inspired strategies and solutions to the educational and employment challenges our youth face.