Disconnected Youth: A Look at 16 to 24 Year Olds Who Are Not Working or In School

Disconnected Youth: A Look at 16 to 24 Year Olds Who Are Not Working or In School. Congressiona Research Service, Library of Congress. Adrienne L. Fernandes-Alcantara. October 1, 2015.

In recent years, policymakers and youth advocates have focused greater attention on young people who are neither working nor in school. Generally characterized as “disconnected,” these youth may also lack strong social networks that provide assistance in the form of employment connections and other supports such as housing and financial assistance. Without attachment to work or school, disconnected youth may be vulnerable to experiencing negative outcomes as they transition to adulthood. The purpose of the report is to provide context for Congress about the characteristics of disconnected youth, and the circumstances in which they live. These data may be useful as Congress considers policies to retain students in high school and to provide opportunities for youth to obtain job training and employment.

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