This brief outlines five strategies for reducing the number of youth who are disconnected from the skills, supports, resources, opportunities and relationships they need to succeed.
Which groups of teens are at greatest risk of becoming disconnected.
How to re-engage disconnected youth in education.
How to gear workforce development programs toward the needs of teens and young adults.
How to identify and address the obstacles to employment.
The importance of social networks in engaging teens.
How to foster collaborations that aid in systems reform.
In 2007, 8% of teens age 16-19 were not in school and not working; the rates were higher among American Indian (15%), African American (13%) and Hispanic (12%) youth than among white and Asian teens.
Of students reported missing at least one day of school in the previous month, 5% said the absence was due to feeling unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.
Among all high school credentials issued annually, an estimated 15-20% are GEDs (General Education Diploma).