National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Two Futures: The Economic Case for Keeping Youth on Track

Lewis, K.,
Gluskin, R.
Published: October, 2018
Paper/Research Report
Social Science Research Council
Measure of America's Disconnected Youth Series

This report is the sixth 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. This report presents key findings from a study of the life trajectories of individuals at approximately 5, 10, and 15 years after their period of youth disconnection. The researchers looked at the effects of the duration of disconnection by assessing the differences among individuals who were disconnected for one, two, or three or more years. They also estimate the future costs of disconnection, both for the young people who experience it and for the communities in which they live.

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