Saturday, October 20, 2012

What's At Stake With Workforce Investment Reauthorization Act

Did you know that:
  •  One in six young people between ages 16 and 24 years old are unattached to work or school in America?    (Approximately 6.7 million“disconnected” youth)
  • There are approximately 3.4 million young people who are “chronically disconnected,” having no attachment to school or the labor market since the age of 16.
And yet...
In June, the House Education and Workforce Committee passed a WIA Reauthorization Bill that would eliminate youth jobs and training.

 The Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (HR 4297) would cut employment and training services for approximately 250,000 young people across the nation. 

Quoting from CLASP, "This is the wrong direction for our country at a time when the youth unemployment rate is 16.1% - twice the rate of the general population."

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