Today’s exciting announcement by more than a dozen of the country’s largest and most influential businesses to hire 100,000 young adults who have been shut out of the job market is not just bold and inspiring.
Education has long been one of the most powerful paths to economic mobility in the United States. And in today’s increasingly competitive environment, access to high-quality schools and the opportunities they can provide is a fundamental civil rights issue as well.
The National Opportunity Summit is not designed to be a single moment in time, but instead a catalyzing experience that fuels a national opportunity movement. Yet, this dream cannot be realized if we refuse to tap into the incredible talent of our network gifted us - the people around us.
Opportunity Nation’s diverse coalition pushed hard for updates and improvements to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) last summer. This critical program sends $3 billion a year to states for workforce development initiatives for youth and adults.
I realize how different that first year would have been if I’d had a mentor – someone who had been in my shoes and understood what I was experiencing. Maybe I wouldn’t have felt so alone during the whole process.
A fascinating new report from Measure of America, Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities, provides fresh insight on youth who are most at risk for disconnection in America’s largest cities and recommendations about how to prevent disconnection from happening in the first place.