Disconnected Youth

Dillon, Naomi
June 2013
American School Board Journal;Jun2013, Vol. 200 Issue 6, p22
The article discusses disconnected youth in the U.S., a term for individuals between the ages of 16-24 who are unemployed, not enrolled in school, and lack an effective support system. It notes that the U.S. Department of Labor's January 2013 decision to suspend enrollment into the Job Corps program, which offers workforce training to at-risk youth, may contribute to the growing population of disconnected youth. Risk factors contributing to the disconnect include family poverty, family structure, and ethnicity. Efforts to prevent school dropouts in order to counteract the effects of disconnected youths is also examined.


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