Connecting Young Adults to Employment

Results From a National Survey of Service Providers

By the Aspen Institute

January 19, 2016


This report shares findings from a national survey conducted by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative. It tells how 340 organizations across the country are working to connect young adults with employment. Service providers reveal go-to strategies, common connection roadblocks and job qualities that matter most to America’s youngest workers. Readers will also learn about research opportunities, investment ideas and policy and practice improvements aimed at helping young adults succeed in today’s labor market. 

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Key Takeaway

It’s true: America’s youngest workers are facing their most dire employment prospects in recent history

Nearly 6.7 million young adults are out of work, out of school and facing a challenging labor market. This report outlines key areas that service providers and policymakers can explore to boost employment among young adults. It calls for nurturing soft skills and employer relationships. It also underscores the importance of work experience, support services and increased collaboration between youth development and workforce development organizations.

Findings & Stats

AI Connecting Y Ato Employment Top5stat 2016

Describing the Ideal

The job quality that matters most to young adults today? Stable employment — not contract or temporary work — according to experts.

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