ERIC Number: ED260149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-27
Black Youth Unemployment and the Black Family.
Hoskins, Linus A.
This paper analyzes the results of a survey conducted to ascertain the attitudes of 400 employers, youth, and academic/community professionals in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., toward an approach to Black youth unemployment centered on the creation of jobs and training among minority businesses in selected metropolitan areas. Minority businesses blamed the apathy and demeanor of black youth themselves for their plight, while the academic/community professionals saw a direct correlation between the crisis of the black family and high unemployment among black youth. Successful minority businesses were more interested in profit than in wanting to establish effective training programs to help black youths. Conversely, community professionals emphasized that unless there is a close partnership between city governments, schools, universities and community organizations, the problem of black youth unemployment will not be solved. It is argued that attempts to solve the problem of black youth unemployment will be futile so long as black businesses have a negative, acquisitive attitude toward black youth unemployment, and a closer partnership between black business, community organizations, the black family and the schools does not exist. Furthermore, the black community must begin to look inward and develop strategies to deal with youth unemployment, beginning with the development a strong, stable, responsible, and achievement-oriented black family. (RDN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Toronto, Canada, 27 April 1985).