In its 2012 KIDS COUNT study, the Casey Foundation reports " that nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century."
The Foundation's study states that" Among black and Hispanic teens (ages 16 to 19), 16 percent are out of school and work, compared to the national average of 13 percent. Similarly, 29 percent of black young adults (ages 20-24) and 23 percent of their Hispanic peers are disconnected, exceeding the nation's 20 percent average."
CommUnity is focusing on efforts that are being made by organizations, foundations and other entities, and resources that are available to "support youth in gaining a stronger a stronger foothold in the economy."