Patterns of Intermittent and Ongoing Disconnection Among Youth of Color

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Patterns of Intermittent and Ongoing Disconnection Among Youth of Color

Results from an analysis of the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation
January 12, 2021

Abstract

Disparities in youth employment (including summer youth employment) and disconnection (not in school or working) start early and disproportionally affect people of color. Young people who become disconnected from work and education are at a higher risk of a host of negative life outcomes and are particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic. This memo presents an analysis of ongoing and intermittent disconnection rates among Black youth (ages 15 to 23) using the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). It shows that disconnection grows with age, and that Black youths are disconnected for approximately one-third of the time from ages 19 to 23. More than one third of Black youths (and especially those in low-income households) experience at least one prolonged period (6 or more months) of disconnection. We provide recommendations for addressing disconnection that are supported by this analysis.

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