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Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity
Dec 03, 2012
Download file: casey_youth_report_2012.pdf
Forty years ago, a teenager leaving high school—with or without a diploma—could find a job in a local factory. Twenty years ago, even as manufacturing jobs moved offshore, young people could still gain a foothold in the workforce through neighborhood stores and restaurants. Amid the housing boom of the past decade, youth with some training could find a career track in the construction field. but today—with millions of jobs lost and experienced workers scrambling for every available position—America’s young people stand last in line for jobs.
The KIDS COUNT policy report illustrates the need to provide teens and young adults clearer direction to college and careers, and makes the case for stronger connections between the experience they gain in and out of the classroom.
Children Now is The Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT grantee for the state of California.