Describes the characteristics of youth who are not working or in school to inform policies that promote school retention, job training, and employment opportunities for youth.
“The first section of this report discussed Congress’ growing interest in issues around youth who are not working or in school. The second section presented a brief overview of research on the population, including the number of disconnected youth, characteristics of the population, as well as the factors that have been associated with disconnection. The purpose of this section was to show the variation in the research on the population and to suggest that the definition of “disconnected” is fluid.... The third section presented the analysis of disconnected youth ages 16 through 24. The final section discusses implications for future research and federal policy” (p.8). (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

• “A greater share of female and minority youth are disconnected” (p.8). • “Compared to their peers, disconnected youth tend to have fewer years of education, and are more likely to live apart from their parents, to have children, and be poor” (p.8). • “The parents of disconnected youth are more likely than their counterparts to be unemployed and to have lower educational attainment” (p.8). • “The rates of disconnection have remained relatively stable from 1988-2008” (p.8). (Abstractor: Author)