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Opportunity Youth

As If Children Mattered

Michael Piraino | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Adults matter to children. Whether it is the earth, the seas, or the air we breathe, we cannot destroy our planet's assets and hope to survive, let alone prosper. These young at risk are also our "assets," whose untapped potential is being wasted.

Creative Approach Needed to Address Job Skills Gap

John Arensmeyer | Posted 03.22.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

The president recently announced a plan to make two years of community college and technical school free to responsible students, which underscores a serious problem that not only affects unemployed youth, but small business owners, as well.

The $5 Trillion Opportunity: Why I'm Joining YouthBuild

David M. Abromowitz | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
David M. Abromowitz

Not long ago, in a nondescript building in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., I was able to see a $5 trillion opportunity for America. I saw it in the faces of half a dozen young people whom society had given up on, but who hadn't given up on themselves.

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.

"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.

A Civilian Conservation Corps for the Modern Age

John Bridgeland | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Given the needs today, with high youth unemployment, 6.7 million young people disconnected from school and work, two million veterans returning from war, and public lands and waterways in desperate need of our attention, our country has the opportunity to marry vulnerable resources once again.

An Untapped Resource: The Key to Lifting the Nation's Economy

Walter Isaacson | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Walter Isaacson

Reconnecting young people to school, work and society is a challenge of enormous moral, economic and societal consequence, one that we must get right for the benefit of our youth and communities.

A Stronger, More Diverse YouthBuild Movement

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgEach young person who crosses the threshold of a YouthBuild program pursues a dual mission: create a meaningful and productive life while giving their best energies to improve the world around them.

Are Summer Jobs a Thing of The Past?

Urban Alliance | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifThe lessons that I learned while working at the summer camp and internship placement proved invaluable and truly shaped my future career decisions.

How to Improve Outcomes for Opportunity Youth: Engage Employers to Invest in What Works - part 3

Shawn Bohen and Elyse Rosenblum | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Shawn Bohen and Elyse Rosenblum

We're clear the federal government has a critical role to play in the economic recovery by investing in workforce training programs that work. We need to be more strategic about how and where we make these investments for maximum impact.

How to Improve Outcomes for Opportunity Youth: Engage Employers to Invest in What Works, Part 2

Shawn Bohen and Elyse Rosenblum | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Shawn Bohen and Elyse Rosenblum

It's clear the federal government has a critical role to play in the economic recovery by investing in workforce training programs that work. We need to be more strategic about how and where we make these investments for maximum impact.

How to Improve Outcomes for Opportunity Youth: Engage Employers to Invest in What Works

Shawn Bohen and Elyse Rosenblum | Posted 02.11.2013 | Business
Shawn Bohen and Elyse Rosenblum

The federal government has a critical role to play in the economic recovery by investing in workforce training programs that work. We need to be more strategic about how and where we make these investments for maximum impact.

Unemployed, Out Of School Youth A Huge Cost To Taxpayers

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.09.2012 | Business

A sizable minority of America's youth aren't in school or attached to the labor force. And it's costing taxpayers big. About 17 percent of America'...