Tapping New Pools of Talent
Preparing Opportunity Youth To Help Fill The Skills Gap
More than 6 million young people in the United States are out of school, out of work, and, often it seems, out of luck. That’s 17 percent of Americans between the ages of 16 and 24. This population includes dropouts and high school graduates, former foster children and juveniles in court custody; youth caring for siblings and teens cycling in and out of low-wage jobs. Once known as “disconnected,” they are increasingly called “opportunity youth.” Despite growing up in difficult circumstances—they represent a large opportunity for investing in our nations workforce and our future. This brief focuses on strategies for strengthening education and employment pathways that prepare opportunity youth for jobs that can lead to productive careers. It is part of a series from JFF’s conference Bridging the Gap: Postsecondary Pathways for Underprepared Learners.
If you'd like to continue discussions of how we can engage opportunity youth in employment, join us in June for our national summit.
JFF has deep experience preparing opportunity youth for work. For information on JFF's services, please contact Lili Allen, Associate Vice President, [email protected], or 617.728.4446 x105.
See the other briefs in this series: