ERIC Number: ED364719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Youth at Work: Making It in the Global Economy. A Report of the At-Risk Youth Task Force.
New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission, Trenton.
The At-Risk Youth Task Force of the State Employment and Training Commission concluded that a generation of young people faced underemployment or unemployment as a result of the increased skill demands required by the global economy. Two interrelated phenomena adversely affected the ability of a majority of young people to succeed in the labor market. First, families and communities provided less nurturing and support and fewer role models; youth found the support they needed by relying on their own emotional resources and those of their peer group. Second, most entrants into the labor market required a higher educational level. To enhance prospects of youth for obtaining the level of employment-related skills required for success in the modern labor market, schools were to be made more responsive to the employment needs of student, with their orientation and curriculum more closely correlated to labor market demands. The task force developed a definition of at-risk youth that acknowledged the pervasiveness of the problem. The task force made the following recommendations: develop a comprehensive, employment-oriented program; create youth apprenticeship opportunities; develop joint strategies to link cooperative education programs between secondary and postsecondary institutions; expand summer work experiences; establish closer collaboration between higher education and public schools; expand the School-Based Youth Services Program; and expand the New Jersey Youth Corps Program. (YLB)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Apprenticeships, Articulation (Education), Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Development, Educational Needs, Futures (of Society), High Risk Students, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, School Role, Secondary Education, Underemployment, Unemployment, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs, Youth, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission, Trenton.
Identifiers: New Jersey