Factors Associated with Youth Disconnection
Opportunity youth fall into three categories:
Opportunity youth are more likely to experience;
and be a single parent
When young adults are disconnected from school, job experiences, and civic engagement, the costs are high.
John Bridgeland coined the term 'opportunity youth' in his 2012 report
"Opportunity Road:the promise and challenge of America's forgotten youth". Opportunity youth refer to disconnected youth ages sixteen to twenty-four that are not in school and not working. John Bridgeland stated when talking to disconnected youth he saw "extraordinary untapped potential. ... They saw the benefits of finishing school and getting a decent job. They were extremely hopeful, notwithstanding their challenges".
Opportunity Youth are White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian. They are middle class and poor, native born and immigrants. They live in urban, suburban, and rural communities. These young people have become disconnected from traditional pathways due to personal and systemic challenges (retrieved from www.opportunitynation.org) . The process of becoming disconnected from traditional school settings occurs over time the decision is not spontaneous. Some of the factors that influence the decision to drop out of school are.;
The Frontline video tells the stories of young people at risk of dropping out of high school. Their stories highlight the deeper personal challenges impacting disconnected youth. Youth without supports, confidence, sense of purpose, information, and guidance become part of the 5.5 million disconnected youth in America.
Disclaimer youth stories are fictitious however represent opportunity youth struggles.
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