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National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Promising Gains, Persistent Gaps

Type new
Paper/Research Report
Year published new

Social Science Research Council


This report is the fourth in the Disconnection Youth series from Measure of America (MOA), a nonpartisan project of the Social Science Research Council, which began calculating the youth disconnection rate and analyzing its causes and implications for human development in 2012. The project defines disconnected youth, also known as opportunity youth, as teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working. The report includes youth disconnection data for the United States by state, metro area, county, as well as by gender, race, and ethnicity. In addition, this report explores how youth disconnection differs in rural, suburban, and urban communities. This research is intended for policymakers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to target and tailor their youth-focused interventions and to assess the effectiveness of their efforts.


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Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue