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The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults

Employment prospects for teens and young adults in the nationâ??s 100 largest metropolitan areas plummeted between 2000 and 2011. On a number of measuresâ??employment rates, labor force underutilization, unemployment, and year-round joblessnessâ??teens and young adults fared poorly, and sometimes disastrously. While labor market problems affected all young people, some groups had better outcomes than others: Non-Hispanic whites, those from higher income households, those with work experience, and those with higher levels of education were more successful in the labor market. In particular, education and previous work experience were most strongly associated with employment.

Policy and program efforts to reduce youth joblessness and labor force underutilization should focus on the following priorities: incorporating more work-based learning (such as apprenticeships, co-ops, and internships) into education and training; creating tighter linkages between secondary and post-secondary education; ensuring that training meets regional labor market needs; expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit; and facilitating the transition of young people into the labor market through enhanced career counseling, mentoring, occupational and work-readiness skills development, and the creation of short-term subsidized jobs.

FY2015 President's Budget
Obama releases FY 2015 budget.
Members Forum 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities
This document describes the different levels of sponsorship available for the 2014 Members Forum.
2014 Members Forum Discussion Sessions Prelim 20140225
Preliminary information on discussion sessions for the 2014 Members Forum. Document from 2014 02 25.
Press Release: Congressman Dan Kildee 19 February 2014
Congressman Dan Kildee Introduces Legislation Aimed at Reducing Violence, Increasing Opportunity for Mid-Michigan Youth Through Education and Employment
A Midpoint Report on the True North Fund

"In July 2010, the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) awarded the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) $10 million (the first of three $10 million awards) to increase the scale and impact of youth development organizations whose programs have been shown to produce positive outcomes in communities of need across the United States.  EMCF and its co-investors are tackling the immense problems confronting America's low-income youth - for example, more than 22 percent of all children in the US live in poverty, and 30 percent of public school students fail to graduate from high school, leading to a lack of educational success and employment among youth and young adults across the country.

In 2011, EMCF launched the True North Fund (TNF) to aggregate private growth capital in support of nine initial (and subsequently three additional) SIF grantees.  EMCF matched the $10 million in federal funds from the SIF 1:1 with its own funds and then, in collaboration with the TNF co-investors and grantees, helped raise the remaining 2:1 match to meet the SIF's 3:1 match requirement.  EMCF also provided the grantees with additional supports, including assistance with business planning from the Bridgespan Group and with evaluation planning and implementation from MDRC, and access to executive and leadership coaching."

CCRC Intensity and Attachment

This paper examines the relationship between community college enrollment patterns and two successful student outcomesâ??credential completion and transfer to a four-year institution. It also introduces a new way of visualizing the various attendance patterns of community college students. Patterns of enrollment intensity (full-time or part-time status) and continuity (enrolling in consecutive terms or skipping one or more terms) are graphed and then clustered according to their salient features.

Using data on cohorts of first-time community college students at five colleges in a single state, the author finds that, over an 18-semester period, 10 patterns of attendance account for nearly half the students. Among the remaining students who persisted, there is astounding variation in their patterns of enrollment. Clustering these patterns reveals two relationships: the first is a positive association between enrollment continuity and earning a community college credential, and the second is a positive association between enrollment intensity and likelihood of transfer.

ACYR Press Release
Arizona Call-a-Teen Youth Resources has announced their new Chief Executive Officer.  Press release from 14 February 2014.
Faces of Austerity: How budget cuts have made us sicker, poorer, and less secure

NDD United Report:

In Washington, lawmakers and wonks think about budgets in terms of numbers, dollar signs, and decimal points. But beyond the Beltway, there are faces behind the numbers. Even seemingly small changes in federal spending can have a big impact on Americans who rely upon and benefit from federally funded programs.

Indeed, a 5 percent cut to a federal program as was required in the first year of federally mandated sequestration translates into a much bigger cut on the ground. Federal contractors, grantees, and program beneficiaries must also cope with the cumulative effects of the federal government's austerity measures, the erosion of the state and local funding base, and constrained contributions by the private and philanthropic sectors.  They are, in fact, doing much more with much less than is recognized or reported.  Thus far, the true impact of austerity has been masked behind the numbers. You have to talk to Americans, face-to-face, if you really want to understand the effects of budget cuts.

Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer and Less Secure tells the stories of those who've been impacted most by Washington's failure to preserve the programs that keep us all healthy, safe, and educated. It is the product of months of work on behalf of hundreds of organizations representing millions of Americans nationwide.

The report provides the first ever comprehensive snapshot of austerity's impact across sectors: education, job training, public health, safety and security, housing, science, natural resources, infrastructure, and international affairs.  It features more than 40 distinct stories of individuals living with federal budget cuts in 22 states, nationwide, and even overseas.

Getting Back to Full Employment: A better bargain for working people

CEPR:

While most people intuitively know that low unemployment is important to job seekers, they may not realize that high levels of employment actually would make an enormous difference in the lives of large segments of the workforce who already have jobs. Particularly in an era of historically high wage and income inequality, many in the workforce depend on full employment labor markets, and the bargaining power it provides, to secure a fair share of the economy's growth. For the bottom third or even half of the wage distribution, high levels of employment are a necessary condition for improving wages, higher incomes, and better working conditions.

This book is a follow up to the book written a decade ago by the authors.  It builds on the evidence presented in that book, showing that real wage growth for workers in the bottom half of the income scale is highly dependent on the overall rate of unemployment. In the late 1990s, when the United States saw its first sustained period of low unemployment in more than a quarter century, workers at the middle and bottom of the wage distribution were able to secure substantial gains in real wages. When unemployment rose in the 2001 recession, and again following the collapse of the housing bubble, most workers no longer had the bargaining power to share in the benefits of growth. The book also documents another critical yet often overlooked side effect of full employment: improved fiscal conditions (without mindless budget policies like the current sequestration). Finally, in this volume, unlike the earlier one, the authors present a broad set of policies designed to boost growth and get the unemployment rate down to a level where far more workers have a fighting chance of getting ahead.

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