Disconnected Youth: A Look at 16- to 24-Year Olds Who Are Not Working or in School [April 22, 2009]   [open pdf - 841KB]

From the Summary: "This Congressional Research Service (CRS) analysis expands the existing research on disconnected youth. The analysis uses Current Population Survey (CPS) data to construct a definition of 'disconnected.' This definition includes noninstitutionalized youth ages 16 through 24 who did not work or attend school anytime during a previous year and are presently not working or in school (usually sometime in the first quarter of the current year). The definition is narrower than those used by other studies because it captures youth who are unemployed and not in school for a longer period of time. […] Like the existing research, the CRS analysis finds that a greater share of female and minority youth are disconnected. However, the analysis evaluates some other characteristics that have not been widely studied in the existing research. […] The analysis further finds that the parents of disconnected youth are more likely than their counterparts to be unemployed and to have lower educational attainment. Given the state of the current economy and its projected course over the next year or two, rates of disconnection may climb. Policymakers may consider interventions to reconnect youth to work and/or school. Interventions can target children and youth at a particular stage of their early lives. Interventions can also focus on particular institutions or systems, such as the family, community, and schools."

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