Our own Russell Krumnow was quoted in a report titled “Millennial Generation” by Alan Greenblatt. The report, which is featured on CQ Researcher, talks about the role Millennials will play in shaping the future despite the hardships they’ve encountered, such as student loans and entering the job marketing in the 2007-09 recession.
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.
Not only that, trade and vocational schools are more of an economic necessity than ever as middle-skill jobs -- defined as jobs that require a high school diploma and some training or college, but not a four-year college degree -- are in high demand.
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.
One way to bolster our economic prospects is to train, mentor and hire our community’s unemployed, or “opportunity” youth — young adults seeking steady work and career opportunities, but who lack the workforce experience or technical skills required to place them into steady employment.
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.