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A proven, successful framework for communities to improve outcomes for opportunity youth—the nearly 7 million Americans between 16 and 24 who are neither employed nor in school.

Top Takeaways

  1. Opportunity youth face a range of challenges: low performing schools, limited community resources, a lack of family support, and inadequate assistance from systems charged with serving them.
  2. Failure to improve outcomes for opportunity youth negatively affects both the individuals and their communities, costing taxpayer dollars, increasing criminal activity, and depriving the workforce of skilled potential employees.
  3. Breaking the cycle of poverty for opportunity youth requires a long-term, collaborative commitment from all sectors, including schools, government agencies, employers, and nonprofits.
By improving outcomes for this population, businesses and communities have the potential to increase savings for society, improve the quality of talent available to employers, and interrupt a multigenerational cycle of poverty for youth and their families.

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