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The consensus of many organizations in the youth employment field is that the United States needs a bold new approach to youth employment and training. The development of a broad, national youth development strategy is recommended. The strategy should include the following: (1) a multi-year investment in a young person's development; (2) workforce preparation and training; (3) education that provides opportunities to develop and apply higher-order academic skills and critical thinking skills to real-life situations; (4) higher education to equip youth for a fast-changing and increasingly competitive world economy; (5) options and choices for youth to move through multiple jobs and developmental experiences over time; (6) individualized plans that respond to assessed needs and goals of youth; (7) opportunities for young people to interact with both peers and adults in work situations; (8) community support; and (9) accountability mechanisms that would serve as a professional development support strategy. In support of this strategy, the United States should take the following actions: convene a White House Development Summit; launch a process to develop national youth development goals; create a national professional development capacity, including the establishment of accrediting mechanisms; and conduct national demonstration programs to learn better how to help out-of-school youth join the work force. (An appendix lists the members of the National Youth Employment Coalition and provides information on the development of the report.) (KC)

Descriptors: Economic Development, Educational Needs, Employment Problems, Employment Programs, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Job Training, Late Adolescents, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Secondary Education, Young Adults, Youth Employment











Author: National Youth Employment Coalition, Washington, DC.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7303&id=ED383875







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