What's our solution?
COOP serves as connective tissue between urban public universities—like CUNY or CalState—and local employers looking for motivated, diverse, prepared entry-level talent. More importantly, though, COOP connects underrepresented college grads to each other—within tight-knit cohorts and across "generations" of cohorts. Our approach rests on three pillars:
Starting a career is hard—why should it be lonely?
At COOP, careers are a team sport. Every spring and fall, we convene cohorts with 10-15 ambitious, underemployed college grads. These intimate teams offer camaraderie, accountability, and encouragement—the sense of common purpose and shared possibility. Taken together, cohorts past and present create a "team of teams"—a broader community brimming with experience, expertise, and connections. COOP works (for free!) because alumni use their social capital to "pay it forward" as coaches, mentors, and insider advocates.
Cohort 2 • NYC • Spring 2015
16 weeks, 64 workshops, 200 hours
Cohorts meet every evening (M-Th, 6:30-9:30pm) to learn digital skills and explore digital careers: Excel, Web Analytics, Search Engine Optimization & Marketing, and Paid Social. Once each week, cohorts split into three smaller client teams to devise and execute digital strategies for local nonprofits, small businesses, and start-ups.
Each cohort is led by a team of three "Captains" (COOP alumni)
Events, introductions, and interviews
We help partner companies—from small digital ad agencies to industry giants like Google and Publicis—meet and interview promising candidates. Some start as interns, others as full-time employees; all are ready to contribute on day one.
"Google Partners | Talent Match" (November 2015)
"Talent Match" is a biannual event co-hosted by COOP + Google in NYC and SF