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ERIC Number: ED538825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity. KIDS COUNT Policy Report
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Forty years ago, a teenager leaving high school--with or without a diploma--could find a job in a local factory. Twenty years ago, even as manufacturing jobs moved offshore, young people could still gain a foothold in the workforce through neighborhood stores and restaurants. Amid the housing boom of the past decade, youth with some training could find a career track in the construction field. But today--with millions of jobs lost and experienced workers scrambling for every available position--America's young people stand last in line for jobs. In this KIDS COUNT policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century. In addition to new national and state data on the issue, the report offers recommendations to support youth in gaining a stronger foothold in the economy. The core argument is that business, government, philanthropy and communities must come together to create opportunities to put young people back on track in a dynamic, advancing economy to ensure their success and to build a stronger workforce for the future. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table and 42 endnotes.) [This paper was written with the assistance from Tom Smith, Andy Sum, Linda Harris, Phyllis Jordan, and Tom Waldron.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation