On Saturday, April 6, Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) will host its inaugural signature event, “All Stars Night” at MGM National Harbor. The event supports and celebrates VPP’s nearly twenty years of investing in nonprofits and networks to achieve better outcomes for youth in Greater Washington and its Ready for Work initiative in Prince George’s County, MD.
Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks joins as the Honorary Chair of the event, which will honor three leaders who have helped build the Ready for Work: Champions for Career- and College-Ready Graduates in Prince George’s County initiative and have served as model partners: The Honorable Rushern L. Baker III, Kaiser Permanente, and Milton Peterson and the Peterson Family.
All Stars Night brings together local leaders in government, business, education, nonprofit and philanthropy for an evening of live entertainment, performances and a program that showcases the impact of Ready for Work. The initiative strengthens young people’s academic, career and life skills to prepare them for career and college – and to contribute to our region’s success.
“The power and potential of VPP lies in bringing together partners across the region and across sectors,” says VPP President and CEO, Carol Thompson Cole. “We are excited to celebrate these partnerships. By working together, we are breaking down the barriers that get in the way of our young people’s success, and I am proud of the results that we’ve seen in Prince George’s County.”
VPP takes a private equity model of investing and puts it to work for people – by building strong nonprofits and strategic networks to improve the lives of youth throughout Greater Washington. Since its founding, VPP has raised and deployed more than $110 million to help vulnerable young people gain access to quality education, health care, career training – setting them on the right path to learn, graduate and become successful, healthy adults.
Ready for Work is a county-wide initiative to help more students earn college credits and industry certifications while in high school; graduate on time; improve nonprofit networks and connect students to the services they need; and gain meaningful work experience. Ready for Work operates across the County and directly in Suitland, Oxon Hill and High Point High Schools.