At Knack, our mission is to connect people through gifting. We know that the more authentic and meaningful the gift, the stronger and longer it binds us together.

One gift at a time from our little corner of the world, we have the remarkable privilege of watching social bonds grow. And we believe those individual bonds contribute to making us stronger as a community.

That being said, we’re always looking for ways to connect with those around us. One community we’ve really become passionate about is our youth.

After doing a bit of digging, we discovered that millions of young adults in this country are facing social and economic injustice. Despite talent and motivation, they lack access to higher education and careers that provide them with a living wage.

At the same time, our economy needs help. U.S. businesses are calling for more and better-trained talent to compete on the global stage, but there will not be enough skilled workers to meet that demand.

These are troubling realities, but they represent a tremendous national opportunity.

Providing underserved young adults with the skills, knowledge and experience today’s businesses demand ensures those young adults will begin successful careers and earn a living wage. In return, employers gain access to a wider pipeline of well-trained talent than ever before —the talent they need to compete across the globe.

For this reason, we have partnered with Year Up to deliver our entire Knack Foundation fund from the month of August. We’re avid supporters of Year Up, because it’s not charity, nor a handout. It’s just good sense. Economic justice for young adults equals economic prosperity for U.S. businesses, and the nation at large.