Empowering America's Untapped Talent
America's young adults have been among those hardest hit by the economic crisis, with an unemployment rate nearly double that of the general population. Today, one in six Americans ages 16 to 24 is not engaged in school or work, which presents a key opportunity to build skills and talent among these potential leaders and workers. The Reconnecting Youth Working Group will explore and create strategies that unlock opportunities to connect youth with education and employment, while building new sources of skilled and diverse talent for employers.
Employer-Led Pathways Going beyond the traditional role of employers, some organizations are leading the way in efforts to invest in current and future talent, with proven results.
Youth Entrepreneurship Using entrepreneurship as a pathway to re-engage at-risk youth gets students invested in their work while teaching business fundamentals, professionalism, effective communication, and other skills that can propel them beyond the classroom.
Service Pathways to employment through service not only provide youth with the valuable training and experience that is critical to future success in the labor market, but they also provide a way to increase community impact.
Mentoring Strong support from mentors has proved to be highly successful in linking education and jobs, raising expectations, and developing successful college- and career-ready youth.
Wraparound Supports and Prevention Re-engaging youth before they leave school through holistic support systems that address the root causes of their challenges –both in and out of the classroom– leads to greater educational attainment.