All kids deserve an equal opportunity to prepare for life after high school. But it is critical that young people develop skills and have experiences that help them prepare for all of the different paths that could be available to them.
Currently there are 5.9 million out-of-work Americans and employers are struggling to fill more than 7.5 million jobs. Young people are beginning to experience challenges around workforce readiness as well. There are 4.5 million young people who aren’t in school and don’t have a job. More than 75% of youth express concerns about whether they have the skills necessary to secure a job. Many U.S. employers say the inability to find qualified workers is their biggest obstacle to growth.
Bipartisan legislation was recently introduced in Congress to address the opportunity and skills gap currently facing America’s youth. The Youth Workforce Readiness Act of 2019 would invest in the workforce of tomorrow by creating a grant program through the Department of Labor to support out-of-school time youth-serving organizations providing workforce readiness programs for youth ages 6 to 18. Take action on this critical piece of legislation.
Every day, Boys & Girls Clubs prepare youth to achieve success in work and life. Clubs focus on the development of soft and hard skills that are transferable across industries while creating access to real-life career experiences, and in some cases, place teens in part-time jobs and graduates in valuable careers.
To learn more about Workforce Readiness, view an in-depth breakdown here.
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