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Making Sense of Not Making Cents

Youth Transition Funders Group | by YTFG

We all know there is a youth unemployment crisis, but we don’t know what its impact is on their lives and the choices they are making. JobsFirstNYC has taken a deeper look in their report Barriers to Entry: The Increasing Challenges Faced by Young Adults in the New York City Labor Market written by James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute and Lazar Treschan of Community Service Society. The findings aren’t surprising – young people are staying in school longer, but it’s not making a difference in helping them find jobs.

The positive side of the crisis is reinforcing our nation’s education policy goals – graduation rates are increasing, more students are taking the SAT, more students are enrolling in college. But how long will that continue if the doors are closed to young people who need to work to put food on the table?

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