This report checks in on an eight-year, five-site initiative launched by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2016. Called Generation Work, this initiative explores new ways of connecting young people — particularly youth of color — with the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed in today’s job market.
Pairing deep employer engagement with positive youth development strategies
Findings & Stats
Just 40 years ago, a young person without a high-school diploma could snag a good manufacturing job that offered both decent pay and benefits. Not anymore.
Demand driven strategies involve connecting with leaders in high-growth industries to gain a better understanding of the local employment landscape — including hiring needs, training requirements and work-based learning opportunities.
An Early Lesson
The partners have realized that engaging in intentional conversations about racial and ethnic equity requires two key ingredients: practice and patience.
Statements & Quotations
A decade after the Great Recession, millions of job seekers in their late teens and twenties are still struggling to land and keep meaningful work, even as the economy improves.
Early efforts to integrate positive youth development principles into workforce training are showing promise in both supporting young people and meeting the needs of employers.
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