Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Opportunity youth are the 6.7 million young Americans who are out of school and out of work. We have a unique opportunity to match these young people who are ready and willing to work with employers who need their help to build and secure their business future—and with them, a stronger economy.

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During the Great Recession unemployment soared among all age groups; however, young Americans were hit exceptionally hard. In fact, unemployment rates for young minority youth were as high as 33%, and even higher for young people of color. While the nation is experiencing a recovery, all young Americans between the ages of 16-24 continue to face significant challenges with getting a foothold in the labor market. Meanwhile, the majority of small employers report they struggle to find qualified workers to fill entry-level job vacancies. As major job creators, employing nearly half of the private sector workforce, small businesses can play a role in employing America’s young people while meeting their business needs. With more than 23 million small businesses nationwide and nearly 6.7 million young Americans out of school and out of work, small businesses are in a unique position to offer opportunities that help young people develop skills while also helping them enter the labor market. In fact, Small Business Majority’s opinion polling found small businesses that are hiring are having a hard time finding candidates with the background, and that the majority of small busines...

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Small Business Owners are Hiring, but are Struggling to Find the Right Job Candidates

America’s young people are ready to be engaged