Provides recommendations for polices and strategies at the state level to reconnect out-of-school young adults (18-24 years-old) to education and skill training opportunities necessary for a family-sustaining wage.
“An alarmingly large number of young adults have disconnected from traditional education or skills training pathways, often without obtaining a basic high school credential. The research is clear: the longer a person is without a high school credential or without the skill training necessary for a family-sustaining wage, the more likely that individual will remain in poverty and be a significant consumer of public welfare and social services” (p.1). In addressing this problem, the brief describes the issue, which millions of out-of-school young adults face and which can lead to negative consequences for them as well as society at large; explains several federally authorized programs that impact the reconnection of young adults to education and training; outlines possible state tools for reconnecting young adults to education and skills training; and provides recommendations for state-level engagement (p. 2-9). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

• To reconnect young adults with education and training, states can leverage relevant federally funded programs, including Adult Basic Education, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title IB Youth Program, The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, Job Corps, Prisoner Reentry Initiative, and Youth Build (p.3-4). • “States are taking four primary approaches [to tackle the problem]: (1) elevating state attention to the issue of disconnected young adults; (2) engaging young adults to achieve educational outcomes; (3)leveraging Adult Basic Education and high school equivalency options; and (4) introducing and preparing young adults for work” (p.4-5). • “More needs to be accomplished at the state policy and local implementation levels.” The brief gives recommendations on how to increase engagement at the state and local level. These recommendations include becoming informed of the needs for young adult reconnection in your state, connecting with major federal efforts, building multifaceted collaborations, pursuing a comprehensive delivery model, and focusing on state policies that reconnect young adults to education and skills training (p.9-10). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)