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2017 Disconnected Youth Report

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“Speak up for #DisconnectedYouth. Share new report and elevate ways to keep young people on track for future success http://thndr.me/WY82Nu

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2017 Disconnected Youth Report

The data are clear; the national trend is heading in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go.

Measure of America’s new report, Promising Gains, Persistent Gaps: Youth Disconnection in America provides a comprehensive update on youth disconnection data in important geographies (states, metro areas, and rural and urban communities) as well as by race and ethnicity and on the intersection between race and ethnicity and gender to shine a light on these overlooked young men and women.

This report is intended to serve as a call-to-action for a more systematic approach to preventing and addressing youth disconnection.  While we should celebrate our successes in reducing overall youth disconnection, it remains a huge problem for certain groups of young adults.

Who are Disconnected Youth? Disconnected youth are teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working. Being detached from both the educational system and the labor market during the pivotal years of emerging adulthood can be dispiriting and damaging to a young person, and the effects of youth disconnection have been shown to follow individuals for the rest of their lives, resulting in lower incomes, higher unemployment rates, and negative physical and mental health outcomes.

Far too many young people find themselves adrift, detached from the core institutions that give meaning to our lives and structure to our days. Therefore, speaking up for #disconnectedyouth is critical.

Because all at-risk youth need support from both communities and institutions that other youth might take for granted, all Americans have a role to play in creating pathways to opportunity for these young people.

Join us in raising awareness on this important issue. 

Visit www.measureofamerica.org/youth-disconnection-2017/ to view the report. Join Measure of America and National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families for a complimentary webinar on March 30, 2017, 1:00pm. This interactive session will include the story behind the data, strategies for reengaging youth, and participant Q & A. Click here to register for the webinar.



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