Race Matters: Unequal Opportunities for Youth in Transition

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2006

Summary

Racial equity is not easy to attain if unintended bias is not addressed. This 2006 fact sheet brings awareness to the youth in transition issue, shows the consequences of unintended discriminatory actions, and presents policy strategies to bring equal opportunity to all. This brief is part of a comprehensive Race Matters toolkit. For more information, visit the Race Matters Institute. 

Key Takeaway

Kids of color trying to reach adulthood face racial bias and stereotyping in everything they do.

 The percentage of disconnected youth – 18- to 24-year-olds who were not enrolled in school, not currently working and had no degree beyond a high school diploma or GED – within each racial and ethnic group.

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