The Opportunity Network was founded in 2003 by Brian Weinstein and Jessica Pliska, who met as undergraduates at Yale University and wanted to find a way to leverage the networks afforded to them for social good. The organization grew by Brian and Jessica tapping into their own networks in order to establish a strong community of New York professionals to serve in OppNet as classroom career speakers, internship hosts, networking leaders, college application tutors, donors, partners, advisors and friends.
The Opportunity Network is an intensive, six-year program designed to equal the playing field for high-achieving, underserved high school and college students by creating access for them to career opportunities, professional networks and competitive colleges. The Opportunity Network believes influential networks are essential ingredients for success not emphasized in career development programs for youth, so we take an innovative approach by underscoring the power of personal connections and professional relationships as vital complements to skills and experience. Through interaction with executives, intensive networking training, coursework in careers, internships and college counseling, our students dramatically change the course of their futures.