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ERIC Number: ED561288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Opening the Door: How Community Organizations Address the Youth Unemployment Crisis. Executive Summary
Steinberg, Adria; Almeida, Cheryl
Jobs For the Future
Few Americans know the importance of community-based organizations, or CBOs, in helping tens of thousands of undereducated, underemployed young people find a job or go back to school. But the role of CBOs is growing more critical as the business, education, and philanthropic sectors increasingly recognize the need to enable the nation's millions of high school dropouts, and others disconnected from school and work, or "opportunity youth," find their way into civic life and the workforce. The most effective youth-focused CBOs provide various combinations of education, wraparound supports, job training, and placement as part of clear, easily accessible "on-ramp programs" for these young people that put them on a path to credentials and careers. But even the CBOs that provide the key components of effective on-ramp programs struggle to make their efforts visible to civic and community leaders, policymakers, and funders. This creates ongoing challenges for CBOs in developing, expanding, and sustaining on-ramp programs and limits their ability to help the growing number of young people searching for education and employment. This report aims to lift the veil for policymakers and other leaders about on-ramp programs and how they can help solve the youth unemployment challenge and improve their local workforce. [For the full report, see ED561287.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Location: California