Youth and Young Adult Development and Economic Opportunity: A Blueprint for a New Federal System

By Kathy Tran, Madison Trice, and Noel Tieszen

We envision our country’s economic future at its best—a nation of thriving communities with economic opportunity for all. To that end, we propose a new federal Youth and Young Adult Development and Economic Opportunity (YYADEO) system to replace the youth workforce development system currently mandated by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The YYADEO system will be driven by and accountable to young people, provide support through the transitions of adolescence, and invest in long-term economic opportunity that benefits whole communities.

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