As the economy begins to recover, we know that we can no longer afford to underinvest in America’s youth, particularly opportunity youth. The costs of ignoring these young people, who are disconnected from education and out of work, are too high and growing. To ensure an equitable economic recovery, JFF is urging the Biden Administration to pursue big and bold solutions that will create strong bridges between education and employment for young people. In our latest brief JFF provides detailed recommendations to achieve this critical goal.
With the country seeking a path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it caused, JFF calls on the Biden administration to work toward three goals: helping all people rebound and advance, revitalizing regional economies in an inclusive manner, and redesigning education and workforce development systems.
In response to historic inequities that have only been exacerbated during times of crisis, JFF urges policymakers to think about COVID-19 recovery differently. This recovery must be equitable, with a vision that ensures systemic transformation, fosters community revitalization, and provides individuals from all backgrounds with career and educational opportunities, as well as the supports they need to succeed. JFF invites policymakers, business and civic leaders, and their community partners to use this Road Map to guide their states’ recoveries from the pandemic-induced downturn and to establish a longer-term vision for resilient, diversified, and inclusive economies for a better and brighter tomorrow.