The U.S. project team prioritized global approaches that were holistic and that incorporated at least one of the following thematic features:
- Youth involved in the design and delivery of programs for opportunity youth to promote peer-led programming, youth leadership, civic engagement, and movement building.
- Social-emotional and life skills integrated into second chance, job readiness, vocational training, and other programs serving opportunity youth.
- Creative engagement and recruitment strategies involving sports, play, or culture used to appeal to youth participants.
- Labor market analysis and employer engagement considered to ensure that youth are acquiring the skills needed to succeed.