"This report is intended to serve as a call to action for communities to bring together systems and stakeholders to improve outcomes for ""Opportunity Youth"" (youth aged 16-24 and neither in school nor the labor market) and to provide a high-level framework for a collective impact approach that will enable them to do so."
"Each year, over one million American youth become disconnected from the systems that are designed to educate and prepare them for their future. Known as Opportunity Youth, this population totals approximately 6.7 million in the United States and is comprised of youth who are between the ages of 16 and 24 and are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market. They are called Opportunity Youth as a reflection of the optimism they have for finding a pathway to economic stability, and as a reminder that investing in their futures represents an immense opportunity for employers and the nation. By improving outcomes for this population, businesses and communities have the potential to increase savings for society, improve the quality of talent available to employers, and interrupt a multigenerational cycle of poverty for youth and their families" (p. 3). (Abstractor: Author)