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Purpose Driven Paychecks for Youth (PDP)

United Way's Career Academies Purpose Driven Paychecks for Youth RFP will open for applications on January 10, 2023!  


Purpose Driven Paychecks will invest in partnerships focused on expanding the number and/or the quality of career pathways aligned work experiences for young people. This is the second round of funding for Purpose Driven Paychecks. To learn more about our Year One grantees and the vision for the Purpose Driven Paychecks initiative check out this blog from 2022, written by Senior Program Officer Liz Williams.


Funding Eligibility 


Organizations must meet these requirements to be funded: 


  • Your Lead Organization is a 501c3, has a fiscal sponsor who has a 501c3 or is a public school district or charter school. 
  • Your partnership serves youth ages 14-22 with a primary focus on students currently enrolled in high school.  
  • At least 50% of the total youth population served by your partnership identify as young people furthest from justice:  
    • Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander and/or a Youth of Color 
    • Family income level is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (may use Free and Reduced Lunch data to verify this criteria) 
    • Live with a disability that presents significant barriers to employment 
  • Partnerships must include at least one school district or charter school AND at least one employer partner.1  
  • Partnerships are existing and have a history of working together. 
  • Your public school district or charter school partner has existing career pathways2 through which they are preparing youth for work experiences.  
  • Your partnership’s student work experiences pay at least $12.50 (stipend or hourly) for a minimum of 40 hours per individual student experience.  


For any special considerations related to these criteria, please contact us to determine your eligibility. 



Key Dates for Applicants 


Application Opens 

January 10th, 2023

Applications Due 

February 9th, 2023

Applicants Notified of Grant Decisions 

March 17th, 2023

Grant Term Begins 

June 1st, 2023 


For more information, contact: