A New Approach to Preparing Young Adults for Jobs

A key component of the Foundation’s new Generation Work initiative is the use of positive youth development strategies. This post highlights the core principles of such strategies, which actively engage young people in learning and provide them with opportunities, such as on-the-job training or mentoring, that help foster their success.

April 15, 2016

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Recasting American Apprenticeship

A Summary of the Barriers to Apprenticeship Expansion Research Project

This report presents new research and recommendations aimed at helping businesses recognize apprenticeships as a valuable, viable workforce development strategy. Its companion publication, Recasting Apprenticeship Annotated Bibliography, shares a collection of literature on apprenticeship.

February 24, 2016

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And the Survey Says: Aspen Institute Examines Efforts to Connect Young Adults to Jobs

Nearly 6.7 million young adults are not working or in school, and the young adult unemployment rate hit 12.2% — more than double the national unemployment rate — in June 2015. The consequences of unemployment and underemployment can be long-lasting and include reduced wages, decreased productivity and shortened career ladders.    Recognizing the challenges facing America’s youngest workers, the Foundation commissioned the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative to examine how organizations are helping adults ages 18 to 29 succeed in today’s labor market. The report gathered feedback from nearly 400 individuals at 340 organizations nationwide.

February 24, 2016

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New Reports Provide a Roadmap for Creating Opportunities for Baltimore's Young People

More than one in five young people ages 16 to 24 in Baltimore are neither in school nor working. Two recently released reports make important recommendations for finding new ways to reconnect these young people with education, training, jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities — focusing on expanding industry-specific training programs, fostering more collaboration between organizations and providing expanded support services for youth to help them succeed.

February 22, 2016

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Connecting Young Adults to Employment

Results From a National Survey of Service Providers

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. 

January 19, 2016

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