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The Alfred and Barbara LaPerch Workforce Development Initiative

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Empowering the Next Generation to Achieve More​

Boys Town Washington DC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Program provides participants with access to career exploration, training, coaching and job placement. The goal of the program is for participants to develop work-readiness skills, obtain sustainable employment and attain long-term career success.​


More than 5 million young adults are cut off from the economic mainstream.

The DC Fiscal Policy Institute reported tha​t:

  • Black and Hispanic workers continue to be under-represented in t​he workforce.
  • Black college graduates have a 5.7% unemployment rate, while non-Black graduates' rate is 1.9%.
  • For people without advanced degrees, employment options are often limited to manual labor and unskilled jobs that pay less than a living wage.

Our program seeks to empower young adults to achieve the professional knowledge needed to secure meaningful employment, maintain healthy relationships and strengthen communities.

Your donation​ helps create real access to opportunities for these young adults to change their futures. Each dollar you give provides our students with the professional skills they need to launch careers and reach their potential.


  • Career Exploration
  • Workshops and Training
  • Coaching and Employment


Overcoming obstacles to workforce development

  • Connection and Community Support
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Earn While You Learn, Student Stipends
  • Technology Aid
  • Identification Support

“It is in my parents’ honor that I am thrilled to be creating the Alfred and Barbara LaPerch Workforce Development Initiative at Boys Town. The opportunity to teach practical vocational skills to young men and women, to give them a chance to move forward with their own dreams within a supportive community, is something my deeply devout and loving parents would have cherished."   - Rich LaPerch

Make an impact by partnering with Boys Town, a nonprofit that has made a real difference in the lives of children and families for more than a century. For more information about the Workforce Development Initiative and Boys Town Washington DC, read more or contact Kichelle Coleman at or 202-650-6300.​​

Do you know a young adult that would be great fit for our Workforce Development and Continuing Education Program? Find out more here.