Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) is a philanthropic organization that utilizes the venture capital model of investing to assist and partner with nonprofits in the Greater Washington, DC region.1 In 2010, VPP created the youthCONNECT Network in the Washington metropolitan area—an effort to bring together high-performing nonprofit organizations to better the educational achievement, career outcomes, and healthy behaviors of youth ages 14 to 24.1 In 2015, VPP added youthCONNECT to Ready for Work, its initiative to promote career- and college-readiness among high school students in Prince George’s County, Maryland.


1 Investment Profile – Ready for Work. (n.d.). Retrieved from:

2 Education Strategy Group. (2017, August). Destination known: Valuing college and career readiness in state accountability systems. Retrieved from

3 UNICEF and WBCSD. (2021, July). Empowering the workforce of tomorrow: The role of business in tackling the skills mismatch among youth. UNICEF. Retrieved from /

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Gilbertsen, J., Peckoo, S., Carney, M., & Andrews, K. (2022). Lessons for Partners in School-Based Initiatives From Ready for Work at Suitland High School. Child Trends.