In New York City, you have to be ready for anything that can happen in a New York minute. NYC is fast, competitive and there are days when it feels like the City just wins. The 2 train is running on a delay, and there’s always traffic on the FDR. Navigating crowds, waiting in lines and connecting with strangers is all part of the movement. Being READY for whatever could come next while charting your path to success is what it's about.
The Ready Foundation LLC helps with the next phase of the journey for NYC’s youth and young adults getting ready to attain success and a personal sense of accomplishment.
Getting READY requires support from corporate and private sources. Changing lives follows.
Intelligent, driven, and aware – these individuals have a world of opportunity in front of them. Imagine how our communities, employers and universities stand to gain from our future leaders.
The Ready Foundation LLC (“The Ready Foundation”) provides funding and focused support to a small number of 501[c]  nonprofit organizations in New York. Our investment is focused on improving the lives of at-risk youth and young adults with potential across the five boroughs.
The goal of The Ready Foundation is to advocate, coach, fund and affect change to enable promising youth to reach their full potential. Sometimes, other’s think it’s as simple as providing skills, access and support. Through our experience, we've learned that it often requires far more. We are thrilled to work with nonprofit organizations dedicated to attacking this challenge through supportive services, access, advocacy, education and capacity building within the community.
In 2015, 5.5 million US youth ages 16-24, were disconnected, defined by the Federal government as out of school and out of work. Of this total, NYC claims a staggering 184,000+. If we filled Yankees Stadium, City Field, Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center to capacity with this population, over 50,000 would remain waiting in line.
Source: The Opportunity Index
To remedy such a statistically widespread problem, providing resources and support to “opportunity youth” is instrumental in effecting real change.
The nonprofit organizations that receive our support are developing youth & young adults in New York City by giving them access to:
We provide funding and active, focused support to nonprofits that affect meaningful, positive change across a spectrum of intersection points.
What do we mean by active, focused support?
For our nonprofit grantees, active, focused support may include board service, pro-bono consulting around business planning, developing strategic partnerships, and facilitating cross-industry connections to advocate, educate and build capacity in the community; to partner and solve problems.
To individuals supported by our grantees, our support as volunteers can include one-on-one and group skills coaching, teaching and career mentoring.
We support nonprofits that:
The creators and doers behind The Ready Foundation are Bethany and Euan Menzies, principals. With decades of experience in the for-profit sector, they are committed to developing and advocating for at-risk youth with potential in New York City, and hopefully empowering them to create a successful & fulfilling career while living in the greatest city in the world.
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