Research Report Expanding Economic Opportunity for Young Men and Boys of Color through Employment and Training
Shayne Spaulding, Robert I. Lerman, Harry Holzer, Lauren Eyster
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Young men of color have long experienced lower earnings and higher unemployment compared to young white men. Many factors have contributed to these negative outcomes: persistent discrimination, hiring practices of employers, geographic and social isolation, substandard secondary education, lack of career and postsecondary educational guidance, inadequate career and technical education, and higher incarceration rates. This paper focuses on promising strategies for improving the labor market outcomes of low-income young men of color. It outlines an employment-focused approach to improving economic opportunities and outcomes for these young men, highlighting potential policy, system and institutional reforms as well as program investments.

Research Areas Education Children and youth Race and equity Taxes and budgets Workforce
Tags Employment Workforce development Racial and ethnic disparities Economic well-being Job training Federal budget and economy Race, gender, class, and ethnicity Men and boys Apprenticeships Opportunity and ownership Retirement policy Inequality and mobility Beyond high school: education and training Families with low incomes Racial equity in education Racial inequities in employment
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population