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NCJ Number: 120596 Find in a Library
Title: Tackling the Youth Employment Problem
Author(s): G Lacy; C Johnson; D Heffernan
Corporate Author: Children's Defense Fund
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Children's Defense Fund
Washington, DC 20001
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After documenting a chronic youth employment problem in the United States, this report describes some promising State youth employment initiatives.
Abstract: Data indicate that youth without higher education or the specific vocational and technical skills necessary to succeed in today's job market are finding it increasingly difficult to secure full-time employment at wages adequate to support a family. States are beginning to recognize, however, that they need productive young workers to preserve their economic health and competitiveness. Some of the State programs provide remedial education, vocational training, and paid work experience for youth. Others create opportunities by encouraging change in the existing service delivery systems at State and local levels. These strategies are in four major areas. School-to-work transition programs provide school-based counseling, peer support, and job placement assistance to high school juniors and seniors about to go directly into the job market. Out-of-school remedial education is provided for youths who fail to complete high school or require stronger basic academic skills to compete in the job market. Conservation and service corps programs combine productive work, education activities, and employment preparation for youth. Policy and program coordination at both State and local levels ensure that education and training services for youth are administered efficiently and effectively. 4 figures.
Main Term(s): Youth employment
Index Term(s): Employment services; Juvenile employment-unemployment comparisons; State government
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