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 For more information on youthCONNECT, please refer to: Sacks, V., Jones, R., Redd, Z., & Moore K.A. (2020, September). Data sharing, incentives, and relationship building are critical components of using data to support student success. Bethesda, MD: Child Trends; Sacks, V., Jones, R., Redd, Z., & Moore K.A. (2020, December). Relationships with Caring Adults and Social and Emotional Strengths Are Related to High School Academic Achievement. Bethesda, MD: Child Trends; Sacks, V. & Jones, R. (2020, June). Nonprofit organizations and partnerships can support students during the COVID crisis. [Blog Post] Bethesda, MD: Child Trends.

Suggested Citation

Carney, M., Gilbertsen, J., Andrews, K., & Peckoo, S. (2022). Productive nonprofit partnership holds lessons for college and career readiness programs. Child Trends.