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We advocate for federal policies that meet the education and training needs of the millions of young people ages 16 to 24 who are disconnected from school and employment. Read more>>
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Our Youth, Our Economy, Our Future: A Road Map for Investing in the Nation’s Talent Pipeline
As a nation, we face a set of challenges that we can no longer ignore. The economic future of our country depends on the next generation of young Americans becoming ready for college, work, and life. However, many of our young people are reaching young adulthood without the skills and competencies they need to succeed. Millions of youth are being left behind, disconnected from the societal and economic mainstreams, and falling into harm’s way.
- An estimated 6.7 million young people ages 16 to 24 are unattached to school or work.
- Youth and young adults ages 16 to 24 face an unemployment rate more than twice the overall unemployment rate.
- By 2018, 60 percent of all U.S. jobs will require some level of postsecondary education.
While we have made considerable progress in raising awareness about these issues and the young people behind these statistics who are too often forgotten, we still have much work to do. Far too many youth and young adults remain idle and disconnected from economic opportunity. This is a complex problem that requires thoughtful solutions, and our goal should be to increase the number of youth who are connected to school and work.
The Campaign for Youth recently updated Our Youth, Our Economy, Our Future: A Road Map for Investing in the Nation’s Talent, Pipeline, an investment strategy that offers a set of recommendations to help national, state, and local public and private stakeholders identify and invest in solutions –and leverage current philanthropic and federal resources, including the recently enacted Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The strategy offers seven overarching ways to bring these recommendations to reality:
- Make reconnecting our youth a national priority.
- Invest in high-need communities.
- Involve young people in finding solutions for their own generation.
- Build capacity to utilize research-based practices and knowledge to expand high-quality programming.
- Create pathways to financial independence and social mobility.
- Develop work-based learning opportunities that are relevant to careers and have real world applications.
- Create a policy and research infrastructure to ensure program quality and accountability.
Solutions are within reach but require strong public support, public and private investment, an active nonprofit sector, enabling government policies, and the collective knowledge of the youth development field.
About the Campaign for Youth: In 2002, the leadership of national youth-serving and policy organizations established the Campaign for Youth to build a united voice for disadvantaged youth. Our mission is to lift up strategies that help young people who are out of work, out of school, and out of the mainstream reconnect and succeed. For information about Campaign for Youth, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color: The Promise and Opportunity"
This briefing highlighted effective practices and policies that can close the gaps in education, employment, and health outcomes for boys and young men of color.READ MORE »
- CLASP Youth Team | Nov 20, 2014 Our Youth, Our Economy, Our Future: A Road Map for Investing in the Nation's Talent Pipeline
- Kisha Bird, Marcie Foster, and Evelyn Ganzglass | Sep 29, 2014 WIOA Creates New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults
- Helly Lee and Andrea Barnes | Sep 17, 2014 EITC Expansion Proposals: What’s at Stake for Young Workers
- Sep 15, 2014 Opportunity Says It All: How Five Communities Are Supporting the Transformation, Education and Employment Success of Young Black Men
- Andrew Mulinge | Aug 25, 2014 KIDS COUNT Report Underscores Need for Holistic Approach to Supporting Child Well-Being
- Kisha Bird, Marcie Foster, and Evelyn Ganzglass | Sep 29, 2014 New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults: Key Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
- CLASP | Sep 16, 2014 New Census Data Tell Us That Poverty Fell in 2013
- CLASP | Jun 25, 2014 Issue Brief: Focus on Healthy Communities
- CLASP | Jun 10, 2014 Issue Brief: Focus on Education
- CLASP | Jun 10, 2014 Issue Brief: Focus on Employment