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2014 Members Forum Discussion Sessions Prelim 20140204
Preliminary information on discussion sessions for the 2014 Members Forum. Document from 2014 02 04
HEA Joint Letter to House Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee - 2/3/2014
This is a joint letter submitted by the The Corps Network, National Youth Emplyoment Coalition, YouthBuild USA, and Jobs for the future to the House Subcommitte on Higher Education and Workforce Training. The letter was in response to a hearing held on January 28, 2014 entitled "Keeping College Within Reach: Sharing Bet Practices for Serving Low-Income and First Generation Students."
2014 Members Forum Discussion Sessions Prelim 20140131
Preliminary information on discussion sessions for the 2014 Members Forum. Document from 2014 01 31.
2014 Members Forum Discussion Sessions Prelim 20140124
Preliminary information on discussion sessions for the 2014 Members Forum.  Document from 2014 01 24.
2014 Members Forum Discussion Sessions Prelim 20140122
Preliminary information on discussion sessions for the 2014 Members Forum.  Document from 22 January 2014.
2014 Members Forum Discussion Sessions Prelim 20140117
Preliminary information on discussion sessions for the 2014 Members Forum.  Document from 17 January 2014.
FY 2014 Appropriations Bill - January 16, 2014
This is the bill that Congress approved on January 16, 2014 that provides federal fudning to programs through September 30,2014.
In This Together: The Hidden Cost of Young Adult Unemployment

"Throughout the deepest recession and the slowest recovery since World War II, young adults in America have walked an exceptionally difficult road.  The cohort of "Millenials" aged 18 to 34 have now seen double-digit unemployment rates for over 70 consecutive months, or almost six years.  The youngest workers, aged 16 to 24, are even worse off, with unemployment rates well over twice the national average-at 15 percent versus an average for the full working population of 7.3 percent.  Moreover, we have made little progress toward recovery.

In prior downturns, the employment rate for young adults nearly reached pre-recession levels within 5 years.  In the Great Recession, young adult employment had not even recovered halfway by the same point.  A quarter of all job losses for young adults came after the Great Recession was officially over.  The lack of jobs has driven many discouraged young people from the labor force altogether.  A recent report by Opportunity Nation estimates that 5.8 million young adults are neither working nor in school.

The best evidence warns that lack of work experience now will lead to dismal consequences for these jobless young people down the road in the form of repressed wages, decresed employment, and reduced productivity.  By one calculatin, young Americans aged 20-24 will lose about $21.4 billion in earnings over the next 10 years.  That's roughly $22,000 less per person than they could have expected had they not suffered through the recession.

However, our generation's challenges extend beyond each individual's struggle, or even this generation's struggle: the young adult unemployment crisis affects everyone.  Every year of historically high young adult unemployment means lower tax revenue and higher safety net expenditures for federal and state governments.  Taxpayers of all generations bear the burden.

To quantify this problem, Young Invincibles calculated the average monetary cost passed on to the taxpayer due to high youth unemployment.  Building upon our previous research into the repressed job market for young workers, we find that the costs are too high to ignore.  Chronically high young adult unemployment places heavy burdens not just on young people, but also on taxpayers of all ages."

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 was the agreement struck by the Budget Conference Committee, which met in the period between October and December of 2013. The plan outlines top-line funding numbers for the federal government in Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015, in which it addresses the implementation of sequestration for that period.
A Policy to Expand Apprenticeships in the U.S. - December 2013
This report, released by the Center for American Progress in December 2013, outlines a set of poicy recommendations that would set the stage for large-scale expansion of apprenticeships in the United States.
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