Strategic Partnerships

The Opportunity Network

The Opportunity Network (OppNet) offers high-achieving, underserved students a clear path to college, career opportunities, and professional networks. To drive OppNet’s growth, we supported a series of data-driven programmatic restructures, modifications, and strategic partnerships. With our funding, OppNet is solidifying its menu of curricular offerings, refining partner selection and screening tools, and building a business development model that will allow it to proactively pursue partners for whom they can drive the greatest impact.

We also supported the development of OppNet’s Career Fluency Portal, an interactive web-based platform that has enabled OppNet to maximize its partnership model with community-based organizations and schools by delivering content, resources, and training in a more accessible and efficient way. The portal functions as a teaching aid in the classroom and as a tool for educators and youth development professionals, providing college and career readiness content to underserved young people.

There are no two ways about it: Heckscher’s support has been a driving factor in our growth at pivotal junctures over the course of our 15 years. Their established and respected standing in the philanthropic and youth development fields has deepened the pride and purpose with which we approach our work.
Jessica Pliska, Founder & CEO