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Disconnected Youth

Why We Need a White House Office of Opportunity

Monique Rizer | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
Monique Rizer

At no other time in recent history has the need to expand opportunity been more urgent. Despite some progress in overall access to social and economic mobility over the past five years, the truth is that far too many people have been left behind during the uneven economic recovery.

Connecting Disconnected Youth

Mark Redmond | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Mark Redmond

Spectrum is a model that works. It is a solution to a vexing problem with which our nation is struggling to come to terms.

Six Things You Should Know About Growing up in Foster Care

Mary Lee | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Mary Lee

Foster kids are just kids -- like your kids. But they've experienced more difficult situations and hard times than most adults ever will. Some develop emotional and behavioral problems and challenging behaviors.

New Study Demonstrates How Providing Jobs to Young People Reduces Crime and Provides Tremendous Return on Investment

The Corps Network | Posted 02.04.2015 | Science
The Corps Network

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network Yesterday I was excited, but not entirely surprised, to read about a new study publish...

National Service and My Brother's Keeper

The Corps Network | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
The Corps Network

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO, The Corps Network This post was originally published on The Corps Network's website. Recently released repo...

The Corporate Case for Mentoring the Grads of Life

David B. Shapiro | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
David B. Shapiro

Private-sector engagement in mentoring youth and young employees is a smart investment in boosting labor force participation rates and increasing our nation's ability to compete in the 21st century global economy.

Engaging Youth Is Key to Their Success and Ours

Mark Edwards | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Mark Edwards

Where you live, what you can do and whom you know have always mattered when it comes to moving up the economic and social ladder. Fair or not, geography, ability and influence have long affected how far many Americans get in life.

"What's in a Name?"

Dan Cardinali | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

On the key issue of why a young person would leave school without a diploma, researchers found that 25 different factors were mentioned over and over again, with abuse, homelessness and time in juvenile detention topping the list.

What Really Happens When Your Teens Lose Wi-Fi On Vacation

Shelley Emling | Posted 03.05.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

It's unbelievable to me how something that was a rare perk only a few years back is now considered as indispensable as a napkin or toilet when traveling in any part of the world.

Keeping Youth Connected

Jack Lund | Posted 10.09.2013 | Impact
Jack Lund

There are 350,000 disconnected youths in the New York metro area -- greater than the national average -- whose lives are very different from their peers. These teens and young adults find themselves isolated from society; they're on the outside looking in.

WATCH: Former Obama Cabinet Member Shares Youth Job Tips

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact

Melody Barnes revealed some new ideas about the youth unemployment problem at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Barnes, who served as President Obama's for...

The High Costs of Aging Out

Richard Buery | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Richard Buery

Too many youth in foster care spend their 21st birthday packing their bags, finding a place to live and figuring out how they are going to pay the rent and put food in the fridge.

Taking ACTION in Arkansas Now

Linda Nelson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Linda Nelson

We must always consider the impact of poverty when we are creating solutions that will effectively reach all youth in our nation, regardless of where they live.

Report Finds Startling Stats About Young People Out Of School & Work

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.21.2012 | College

One in seven people between the ages of 16-24 are not in school or working, a new report finds, and it cost taxpayers $93.7 billion in government supp...

25 Cities That Are Failing Black Teens And Young Adults

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 11.19.2012 | Black Voices

Getting teens to disconnect may sound like a noble effort in these technology-driven times, but for social scientists like Sarah Burd-Sharps, being di...

Leaders Coming Together To Create Real Opportunities For Young Adults

Gerald Chertavian | Posted 10.06.2012 | Impact
Gerald Chertavian

Changing the game for our young adults, for our economy, and for our country as a whole will require a movement powered by Americans from all corners.

Leave No Young Adult Behind

Paul Schmitz | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

We need to provide opportunities for both those coming from our campuses and coming from our communities. There are solutions that cost tens of billions less than inaction.

One in Six Million: My Story from the Edge of 'Disconnection"

Torres Hughes | Posted 07.23.2012 | College
Torres Hughes

With increasing news coverage of the slaughter of young African American men in America's streets, it seems our lives are under siege.

No Longer Fighting the Streets and Working to Reconnect Others

Ryan Dalton | Posted 07.21.2012 | College
Ryan Dalton

Recent research tells us the numbers; one in six young people in the U.S. between ages 16 and 24 are not in school and not working. I know something about the real people behind the numbers; I was one of them.

LGBT Youth: We Need You

Paul Schmitz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Schmitz

It has long troubled me when any population is marginalized and we don't benefit from their full, authentic participation and leadership in society. Recent advances in equal rights for our LGBT citizens are only a beginning.

Reconnecting America's Forgotten Youth

John Bridgeland | Posted 03.06.2012 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Two reports issued today serve as a wake up call to the nation, providing staggering facts about the costs of inaction.

40 Years Later: New York City on the Edge

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 09.19.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The urban problems of this decade are about black and Latino young men lacking skills and education and not connected to work. The numbers in this category in New York City are staggering.

A Distressing Disconnect

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

New York City has nearly 200,000 "disconnected youth," young people 16 to 24, who are out of work and not in school.