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(Lefty) Study: 6M Kids Not In School Or Working

From the Associated Press:

Study: 15 percent of US youth out of school, work

Study: Nearly 6M youth out of school or work, likely locked into limited prospects as adults

By Philip Elliott | October 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday. That’s almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report.

If that’s true, that is pretty staggering. But just wait until you see what the solutions are going to be.

Other studies have shown that idle young adults are missing out on a window to build skills they will need later in life or use the knowledge they acquired in college. Without those experiences, they are less likely to command higher salaries and more likely to be an economic drain on their communities…

We need to start providing ‘social skills.’ (But not any work ethic. No way.)

But changing the dynamic is not going to be easy…

A young person’s community is often closely tied to his or her success. The Opportunity Nation report tracked 16 factors — Internet access, college graduation rates, income inequality and public safety among them — and identified states that were doing well for its young people.

Because kids today just don’t have enough access to the internet. Especially if they are in the wrong zip code.

Topping the list of supportive states are Vermont, Minnesota and North Dakota. At the bottom? Nevada, Mississippi and New Mexico.

"Their destiny is too often determined by their ZIP code," said Charlie Mangiardi, who works with Year Up, a nonprofit that trains young adults for careers and helps them find jobs.

Oddly enough, that just happens to be Opportunity Nation’s guiding principle, according to their own mission statement: "Opportunity Nation’s guiding principle is that the zip code you’re born into shouldn’t determine your chances for success." — Isn’t that a coincidence?

Just look at some of the nation’s largest cities. Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, Calif., all have more than 100,000 idle youth, the Opportunity Nation report found.

"Often times they lack the social capital in life," Mangiardi said. "There’s a whole pool of talent that is motivated, loyal and hardworking." They just can’t get through an employer’s door, he added.

So we need to supply them with better neighborhoods.

That’s why Year Up spends a year working with high school graduates to teach them career skills such as computer programming or equipment repair they can use when the program ends. It also includes life coaching so they can learn skills such as time management…

So we need to supply them with parents.

Quality early childhood programs help students from poor families overcome societal hurdles, and on-time high school graduation rates often follow quality schools — other factors Opportunity Nation examined in its report…

So we need to help poor kids get into society.

Using previous years’ reports from Opportunity Nation, Denson helped rally community organizations in his city to develop a pilot program to help students as young as 14 find summer work…

Where does Opportunity Nation stand on the minimum wage? We bet they want it even higher.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “(Lefty) Study: 6M Kids Not In School Or Working”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    In other words, we “need” more Barrack Hussein Obamas (mmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm).

    Everything this article touts is who Obama is. Great “social skills”; Was “given” parents when his own mother and father didn’t want anything to do with him. Was provided a better neighborhood instead of some run-down ghetto where he surely would’ve ended up had his mother actually clung to the notion of responsibly raising her own child.

    But what of it?

    We have a president who:

    Has never had a job.
    Has never achieved anything of note. (getting elected, contrary to popular opinion is not achieving anything, it’s getting elected)
    Has no skills, to include time management
    Doesn’t know how anything works (but will be happy to tell you how they do)
    Has lived a lie his whole life and so much that he believes the lie.
    Is probably technically inept at internet usage, making the point that he may have sheepskins on the wall but he’s an idiot when it comes to anything that is technically challenging.

    His skill set simply includes lying, manipulation, hate-mongering, agitating, bullying and a narcissistic attitude. Even yesterday’s “fainting woman” was just an opportunity to talk about himself. “This is what happens when I talk too long”. A bigger man, a REAL president would have stated something about hoping she will fare ok and would avoid making self-centered statements.

    So this article makes the claim that completely ignores cause and effect. That the reason kids aren’t in school or working is that socialist policies and attitudes have encouraged and reinforced the idea that someone else will provide if you drop out of fending for yourself. Because……(drum roll please) You’re a victim!

    It’s not your fault. It’s your parents’ fault, it’s society’s fault, it’s the teachers fault, it’s the system’s fault. It’s not your fault. No.

    So come one, come all young socialists to the enclave of the victimized. Here’s your uniform. We will feed and house you and clothe you. We ask little in return but to pull that lever for your benevolent leaders who have given you everything you ever had. If you protest, no soup for you!

    • Astravogel

      “Ladies and Gentlemen, that hard landing you just experienced
      wasn’t the pilots fault. It was the asphalt.” South African Air.
      I think Bill O’Rielly needs to get with Ann Coulter and write that
      book I suggested: “Killing Ambition: 50 Years of Welfare.” Maybe
      some repair of the work ethic will happen, but don’t bet on it. Too
      many people make a living off of the very people they are ‘helping.’

  2. I suppose asking if these kids bathe, wear their pants above their waste line, speak a language other people outside their neighborhood can understand, read cursive writing and wake up before noon might be considered racists?

    I thought so.


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