New study shows 6 million youth out of school and work as 49 states see INCREASE in families living in poverty

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  • 15 per cent of those aged 16 to 24 who  have neither desk nor job, according to report by the The Opportunity Nation  coalition
  • Idle young adults are missing out on a  window to build skills they will need later in life
  • 49 states  have seen increase in the  number of families living in poverty
  • 45 states have seen household median  incomes fall in the last year
  • A young person’s community is often  closely tied to his or her success
  • States that were doing well for its young  people include Vermont, Minnesota and North Dakota.
  • Nevada, Mississippi and New Mexico are at  the bottom of the list
  • Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami,  Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, California, all have more than 100,000 idle youth
  • In Mississippi and West Virginia 1 in 5  young people are idle
  • Mississippi has an overall unemployment  rate of 8 per cent, while West Virginia posts about 7 per cent 

By  Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press Reporter

PUBLISHED: 01:11 EST, 21  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 01:11 EST, 21 October 2013

Almost 6 million young people are neither in  school nor working, according to a study released Monday.

That’s almost 15 per cent of those aged 16 to  24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition,  which wrote the report.

Other studies have shown that idle young  adults are missing out on a window to build skills they will need later in life  or use the knowledge they acquired in college.

Without those experiences, they are less  likely to command higher salaries and more likely to be an economic drain on  their communities.

Big problem: Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday by The Opportunity Nation coalition 

Big problem: Almost 6 million young people are neither  in school nor working, according to a study released Monday by The Opportunity  Nation coalition

 

‘This is not a group that we can write off.  They just need a chance,’ said Mark Edwards, executive director of the coalition  of businesses, advocacy groups, policy wonks and nonprofit organizations  dedicated to increasing economic mobility.

‘The tendency is to see them as lost souls  and see them as unsavable. They are not.’

But changing the dynamic is not going to be  easy.

The coalition also finds that 49 states have  seen an increase in the number of families living in poverty and 45 states have  seen household median incomes fall in the last year.

The dour report underscores the challenges  young adults face now and foretell challenges they are likely to face as they  get older.

A young person’s community is often closely  tied to his or her success.

'They just need a chance,' says Mark Edwards, executive director of the coalition of businesses, advocacy groups, policy wonks and nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing economic mobility 

‘They just need a chance,’ says Mark Edwards, executive  director of the coalition of businesses, advocacy groups, policy wonks and  nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing economic mobility

 

The Opportunity Nation report tracked 16  factors – Internet access, college graduation rates, income inequality and  public safety among them – and identified states that were doing well for its  young people.

Topping the list of supportive states are  Vermont, Minnesota and North Dakota. At the bottom? Nevada, Mississippi and New  Mexico.

Community's fault: Charlie Mangiardi, who works with Year Up, a nonprofit that trains young adults for careers and helps them find jobs, says their destiny is 'too often determined by their ZIP code' 

Community’s fault: Charlie Mangiardi, who works with  Year Up, a nonprofit that trains young adults for careers and helps them find  jobs, says their destiny is ‘too often determined by their ZIP code’

 

‘Their destiny is too often determined by  their ZIP code,’ said Charlie Mangiardi, who works with Year Up, a nonprofit  that trains young adults for careers and helps them find jobs.

‘We have the supply. We don’t have a lack of  young people who need this opportunity,’ Mangiardi added.

Just look at some of the nation’s largest  cities. Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles,  Atlanta and Riverside, California, all have more than 100,000 idle youth, the  Opportunity Nation report found.

‘Often times they lack the social capital in  life,’ Mangiardi said. ‘There’s a whole pool of talent that is motivated, loyal  and hardworking.’ They just can’t get through an employer’s door, he  added.

That’s why Year Up spends a year working with  high school graduates to teach them career skills such as computer programming  or equipment repair they can use when the program ends.

It also includes life coaching so they can  learn skills such as time management. More than 4,500 young adults from urban  areas have completed the program and 84 per cent of them have found  work.

Nothing to do: Some of the nation's largest cities. Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, California, all have more than 100,000 idle youth 

Nothing to do: Some of the nation’s largest cities.  Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta  and Riverside, California, all have more than 100,000 idle youth

 

Across the country: 49 states have seen an increase in the number of families living in poverty and 45 states have seen household median incomes fall in the last year 

Across the country: 49 states have seen an increase in  the number of families living in poverty and 45 states have seen household  median incomes fall in the last year

 

But it’s a far tougher time for other young  people.

In Mississippi and West Virginia, 1 in 5  young people are idle – higher than their older neighbors. Mississippi has an  overall unemployment rate of 8 per cent, while West Virginia posts about 7 per  cent.

Like most states, they saw their unemployment  rate fall since 2011, but researchers caution that shift could come from fewer  residents looking for work and from more who had simply given up their search  for jobs.

Rob Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa, has helped rally community organizations in his city to develop a pilot program to help students as young as 14 find summer work 

Way forward: Rob Denson, president of Des Moines Area  Community College in Iowa, has helped rally community organizations in his city  to develop a pilot program to help students as young as 14 find summer work

 

And it’s not as though the challenges emerge  from nowhere. Quality early childhood programs help students from poor families  overcome societal hurdles, and on-time high school graduation rates often follow  quality schools – other factors Opportunity Nation examined in its  report.

‘A lot of times we don’t want to look at data  because we don’t want to be depressed,’ said Rob Denson, president of Des Moines  Area Community College in Iowa.

But it’s an uncomfortable reality that needs  to be addressed, he said.

Using previous years’ reports from  Opportunity Nation, Denson helped rally community organizations in his city to  develop a pilot program to help students as young as 14 find summer  work.

Starting next summer, Des Moines students  will be placed in paying jobs, part of a citywide collaboration to help its  urban communities.

It will help older adults, as well, because  crime rates are expected to fall, he said.

‘If  they’re not in school or at work, they’re not usually doing something  positive.’

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