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Part 2: America's Economic Future—The Outlook for Young Adults

Updated: Nov 8, 2023


Young adults gathered around a table working. Text: Policy Forum Series: Part 2. America's Economic Future—The Outlook for Young Adults. October 12, 2023. 4-5:30 p.m. EST.
OCT 12, 2023 | 4:00pm est

Join the Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Center and the Boston University Wheelock Center for Future Readiness for the second in a three-part policy forum series.


Young adults deserve a bright economic future. But how many are able to access the educational and occupational pathways that lead to economic self-sufficiency and social mobility?


On Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 4-5:30 p.m. EST, policymakers and practitioners will report on critical data, including the percentage of young adults who are working full-time and earning a living wage and those who are disconnected from education and the workforce—or “Opportunity Youth” or Not in Education, Employed, or Training (NEET) youth. Panelists will also discuss the role of community colleges in light of the new book “America’s Hidden Economic Engines: How Community Colleges Can Drive Shared Prosperity.”


Attendees will learn about:

  • Evidence-based strategies to reduce the likelihood that youth will become disconnected as adults;

  • The need for alternative pathways to social mobility beyond having a traditional four-year college degree; and

  • Efforts to expand access to career readiness services.


Related Resources

Today’s youth want to develop the capacity and skills they need to achieve occupational success. They want to navigate into meaningful career pathways that will support them financially and secure opportunities that align with their employment goals and aspirations. To assess state-level career readiness indicators related to young adults’ transition into employment, the Condition of Career Readiness Report assesses (a) how many young adults are “disconnected” from education and employment; (b) how many are working full-time; and (c) of those working full-time, how many are earning a living wage.


Watch the webinar recording and explore resources shared by attendees.

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