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ERIC Number: ED507775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
Reducing the Number of Disconnected Youth. KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief
Shore, Rima; Shore, Barbara
Annie E. Casey Foundation
As they move toward adulthood, most young Americans are either in school, in the workforce, or in the military. Their lives are shaped by the challenges and routines of these anchoring institutions and by the social networks they encounter there. But far too many are disconnected from the roles and relationships that set young people on pathways toward productive adult lives. They lack the skills, supports, knowledge, or opportunities they need to succeed. This "KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief" outlines six strategies that can help to reduce the number of disconnected youth: (1) Re-engage disconnected youth and young adults in education; (2) Provide workforce development programs geared to the needs of disconnected youth and young adults; (3) Include disconnected youth in economic recovery investment and planning; (4) Address impediments to employment; (5) Create developmental opportunities that recognize the importance of social networks; and (6) Aim for comprehensive reform, with a focus on cross-system collaboration. (Contains 9 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation