A Lesson in Action: How The Schultz Family Foundation Acted Quickly When COVID-19 Drove Food Insecurity and Youth Unemployment to Record Highs
Food insecurity has risen to unprecedented levels due to the pandemic with demand doubling in many communities across the country. At the same time, the pandemic- driven economic downturn and interruptions to postsecondary education and the workforce left many young people in need of meaningful opportunities in the coming year. According to data from Mathematica, in Spring 2020, the national youth unemployment rate was 18.5%, approximately twice as high as the year prior.
Recognizing the need, the Foundation, together with Serve Washington, a state commission that coordinates service efforts, developed the WA COVID Response Corps, a first-of-its-kind program combining resources from federal and state government with private philanthropy.
Learn how they supplied grantees with the technology to track progress toward shared performance indicators, providing the insight needed to see the impact the new program was making and where optimizations could be made to further drive positive change.
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Read the full report from the Schultz Family Foundation and Serve Washington on the Washington COVID Response Corps, including the model and early findings, here.