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:

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Carney, M., Peckoo, S., Gilbertsen, J., & Andrews, & K. (2022). Ready for Work’s Lessons for Backbone Organizations and Investors in School-Based Initiatives. Child Trends.