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ERIC Number: EJ804656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul-15
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
The Disconnected
Degyansky, Kathy
Library Journal, v133 n12 p30-33 Jul 2008
Roughly 3.8 million people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 24 are neither in school nor employed, according to the National League of Cities. That translates to one in six adults in this age group. Many organizations, forums, national advocacy groups, and the like use the term disconnected youth when approaching this subject. Some would argue that the topic should be reserved for youth services librarians. In the larger scope, people who are not working and not attending school and don't have a supporting and caring family have a huge impact on local communities and government entities. Prolonged unemployment leads to increased poverty, homelessness, and crime. The disconnected are not very likely to be involved in their communities and are, therefore, a drain. The opportunities for any educational attainment are very slim and diminish even further when they are parents, since a negative pattern and cycle develop. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the disconnecteds tend to report being in worse health and make up disproportionately higher percentages of the nation's prison and death row inmates. Ultimately, these factors create insuperable economic and social challenges for this group that librarians cannot ignore. In this article, the author discusses why libraries need to help them and how libraries can help them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States