There are nearly 7 million young people in the United States who are neither in school nor working. If not properly engaged, these young people face dire prospects, affecting not only their own futures but those of their families and communities. Early work experience combined with targeted skills training can provide a viable solution to curb youth disconnection and unemployment.
On May 2nd, Urban Institute and Urban Alliance hosted a DataCamp on helping at-risk youth seek and find employment and professional development. Researchers, policymakers, employers, and service providers worked together to assess soft skills needed for employability. Alongside, civic-minded technologists worked with unique data provided by the Urban Alliance to create digital assessment tools to be used to evaluate progress of youth participating in the employment programs. This event was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.
- Xavier Hughes, chief innovation officer, Department of Labor (moderator)
- Rachel Carney, senior research assistant in youth development, Child Trends
- Teresa Derrick-Mills, senior research associate, Urban Institute
- Shannon DiBari, chief operating officer, US Chamber of Commerce
- Daniel Tsin, director of evaluation, Urban Alliance