Across America today, nearly six million young adults – called Opportunity Youth – are out of school and out of work, unable to find a path to self-sufficiency or a family-sustaining wage.
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB)
May 17, 2017
The workforce development nonprofit Year Up announced that the program’s Founder and CEO, Gerald Chertavian, testified before the bipartisan Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources during a hearing on Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults to Break the Cycle of Poverty on May 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM.
Chertavian’s testimony provided an overview of how Year Up started and its proven success to date, with recommendations for how members of Congress can help close the Opportunity Divide — the gap between available middle-skills jobs and unemployed young adults — by increasing the employability skills of young people and reforming education and workforce systems.
“Across America today, nearly six million young adults – called Opportunity Youth – are out of school and out of work, unable to find a path to self-sufficiency or a family-sustaining wage,” Chertavian said. “Yet at the same time, a projected 12 million American jobs will go unfilled over the next decade simply because employers can’t find the skilled talent they need for the 21st century economy. This paradox is the result of a market failure: our education and training systems are increasingly both out of touch with employers’ needs and out of reach for young adults. Correcting this failure is both a moral imperative and an economic necessity.”
As part of his testimony, Chertavian shared three recommendations that would help transform…