You know how shopping malls at holiday time often have trees on which needy children have attached their holiday wishes? Passersby look at what is on the tree and pull down the wish they would most like to fulfill to make a child happy.
What if an organization approached big companies and foundations such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Boeing, the Gates Foundation, and others that encourage their staff to volunteer and asked to place a rack or tree of some kind in a common area? The rack or tree, rather than displaying needy children's desires for coats or toys, would show young people's wishes for the career-readiness sorts of skills they would like to learn?
[If a physical tree sounds old-fashioned, let me share that the Gates Foundation in their visitor center already now has tree-like racks where visitors are encouraged to hang an index card describing their intentions for community service. There isn't any matching function involved in the Gates Foundation tree/racks, but there could be]
Employees would be encouraged to mentor one of these unemployed young people in the area they identify. A company like Microsoft already pays employees for a large number of hours of volunteer time, which makes it easier for potential mentors to make the time commitment.
To augment the physical trees, there would be an online matching platform that would be promoted to companies to encourage their professional staff to volunteer as mentors.