National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

More than a Million Reasons for Hope: Youth Disconnection in America Today

Burd-Sharps, S.,
Lewis, K.
Published: March, 2018
Paper/Research Report
Social Science Research Council
Measure of America's Youth Disconnection Series

This report is the fifth in the Disconnection Youth series from Measure of America, 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, and community type, as well as by gender, race, and ethnicity.  The report concludes with examples of effective approaches to reducing youth disconnection that account for the many challenges that at-risk youth face.

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