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.
According to Opportunity Nation’s “Opportunity Index,” a blended measure of economic, educational, and community indices related to youth welfare, North Carolina ranks just 35th among the states and...
Our nation feels more divided than ever. So many factors contribute to a pervading tendency to forge ahead alone rather than find points of intersection and collaboration on critically important issues. Yet we need to work together to move the needle for major societal change.
When Aaron Penny first arrived here on the campus of Johnston Community College as a high school freshman, he was terrified. He had no idea if he could succeed in this early college program that sought out at-risk minority teens with promise who were also likely the first in their families to set foot on a college campus.
For many young people, the American Dream seems increasingly out of reach. The Southwest Pathways Conference at Arizona State University will bring together national and regional experts to explore solutions to this massive challenge.