Alienated Muslim Youth Seek Purpose, Thrills in Joining Jihad

Alienated Muslim Youth Seek Purpose, Thrills in Joining Jihad. YaleGlobal. Joji Sakurai. Februar 19, 2015.

Adolescents grapple to find an identity during a stage of human development described by psychologist Erik Erikson. Those who don’t succeed in feeling good about their role in society blame others and may hold a grudge against their community. They also make ideal targets for recruiters of criminal and extremist groups. “Religious fervor rarely has much to do with what draws people to join such groups,” writes Sakurai. “Deep down, it’s about purpose. Belonging. Excitement. A sense of identity. Order amid disorder. A focus for pent-up rage.” Recruiters offer an easy solution to life’s problems, with rewards and power, money and cars, or life after death. Too many marginalized youth lack the social or critical thinking skills to analyze the message, ponder the consequences and walk away – and instead, embrace a last-ditch effort to escape a futile, boring life. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Young Adults, Student Debt and Economic Well-Being

Young Adults, Student Debt and Economic Well-Being. Pew Research Social & Demographic Trends. Richard Fry. May 14, 2014.

Student debt burdens are weighing on the economic fortunes of younger Americans, as households headed by young adults owing student debt lag far behind their peers in terms of wealth accumulation, according to the analysis of government data. About four-in-ten U.S. households (37%) headed by an adult younger than 40 currently have some student debt–the highest share on record, with the median outstanding student debt load standing at about $13,000. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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The Global Youth Wellbeing Index

The Global Youth Wellbeing Index. Center for Strategic & International Studies. Nicole Goldin. April 3, 2014.

The Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), has developed a groundbreaking Global Youth Wellbeing Index, to elevate distinct young people’s issues and comparative status from within national and population-wide measures of national poverty, development, and wellbeing. The Index comprises 40 representative indicators across six domains of wellbeing: citizen participation, education, economic opportunity, health, safety and security, and information and communications technology. The report details the Initiative’s findings, recommendations, and methodology used to construct the Global Youth Wellbeing Index. It is the hope of the Initiative that policymakers, donors, and youth are able to use this tool as the world moves forward with the post-2015 agenda. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Where Teens Seek Online Privacy Advice

Where Teens Seek Online Privacy Advice. Pew Internet & American Life. Amana Lenhart et al. August 15, 2013.

Many teens ages 12-17 report that they usually figure out how to manage content sharing and privacy settings on their own. Focus group interviews with teens suggest that for their day-to-day privacy management, teens are guided through their choices in the app or platform when they sign up, or find answers through their own searching and use of their preferred platform. At the same time, though, a nationally representative survey of teen internet users shows that, at some point, 70% of them have sought advice from someone else about how to manage their privacy online. When they do seek outside help, teens most often turn to friends, parents or other close family members. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals at the One-Year Mark: A Profile of Currently Eligible Youth and Applicants

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals at the One-Year Mark: A Profile of Currently Eligible Youth and Applicants. Migration Policy Institute. Jeanne Batalova et al. August 12, 2013.

Using an innovative new methodology to analyze Census Bureau data, the issue brief estimates that up to 1.9 million unauthorized immigrants under age 31 are potentially eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that provides a temporary reprieve from deportation, with 1.09 million currently meeting the age, education, length of residence, and other criteria; 423,000 appearing to fulfill all but the education requirements; and 392,000 who are too young to apply now but would become eligible once they reach age 15 if they stay in school or obtain a high school degree or equivalent. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Addressing Employment, Labour Market and Social Protection Challenges in G20 Countries: Key Measures Since 2010

Addressing Employment, Labour Market and Social Protection Challenges in G20 Countries: Key Measures Since 2010. International Labour Organization. July 17, 2013.

The report provides an overview of policies and measures applied, or significantly modified, by G20 countries from 2010 up to early 2013 in seven areas: job creation, labour market policies, social protection, skills development, quality employment, youth employment and women’s economic participation. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Counting Homeless Youth

Counting Homeless Youth. Urban Institute. Mike Pergamit et al. July 30, 2013.

Knowing how many youth are homeless is a critical first step in helping them, but it’s not easy to count a hidden population. Nine communities across the United States set out to improve their counts through the Youth Count! Initiative. The Urban Institute observed their work and drew out promising practices and lessons for improvement. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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