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Congressional Black Caucus Addresses Youth Unemployment

Title:  Congressional Black Caucus Addresses Youth Unemployment
The Congressional Black Caucus hosted a hearing entitled "Out of Work But Not Out of Hope: Addressing the Crisis of the Chronically Unemployed."
The panel brought together local and national leaders along with policy experts and practitioners to address the widespread unemployment that has been brought on by the recession. Participants included National Urban League CEO Marc H Morial, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous, and Reverend Jesse Jackson.
The third of the event's four panels addressed "Strengthening the Next Generation of Workers - Summer Youth Jobs, Training and Long Term Employment." Mala Thakur of the National Youth Employment Coalition discussed the importance of summer employment in addition to year-round opportunities for youth. She emphasized the need for a focus on investments in both short-term and sustainable long-term employment prospects. Thakur also expressed support for the reauthorization and strengthening of the Workforce Investment Act in addition to more funding for a House Education & Labor Committee jobs bill. Proposed expansions in these bills would change eligibility requirements and extend support to more youth, including those out of school.
Melissa Boteach of the Half in Ten Coalition added that these initiatives are critical for increasing the long-term employment prospects of youth, as early job opportunities can foster the development of critical "soft skills." Gaining a sense of work responsibility, punctuality, and professionalism are some of the intangible, yet invaluable experiences that these programs can provide for youth.
Largely targeting communities living in urban poverty, youth employment policy is an important component of the wraparound services that Promise Neighborhoods should provide. Integrated with other social services and
educational opportunities, this piece should play an important role throughout the "cradle-to-career" pipeline in place-based efforts across the country. As Promise Neighborhoods moves forward, UNCA will work with the administration and CBC to help make sure this important piece is included.
Today the Congressional Black Caucus hosted a hearing entitled "Out of Work But Not Out of Hope: Addressing the Crisis of the Chronically Unemployed."

The panel brought together local and national leaders along with policy experts and practitioners to address the widespread unemployment that has been brought on by the recession. Participants included National Urban League CEO Marc H Morial, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous, and Reverend Jesse Jackson.

The third of the event's four panels addressed "Strengthening the Next Generation of Workers - Summer Youth Jobs, Training and Long Term Employment." Mala Thakur of the National Youth Employment Coalition discussed the importance of summer employment in addition to year-round opportunities for youth. She emphasized the need for a focus on investments in both short-term and sustainable long-term employment prospects. Thakur also expressed support for the reauthorization and strengthening of the Workforce Investment Act in addition to more funding for a House Education & Labor Committee jobs bill. Proposed expansions in these bills would change eligibility requirements and extend support to more youth, including those out of school.

Melissa Boteach of the Half in Ten Coalition added that these initiatives are critical for increasing the long-term employment prospects of youth, as early job opportunities can foster the development of critical "soft skills." Gaining a sense of work responsibility, punctuality, and professionalism are some of the intangible, yet invaluable experiences that these programs can provide for youth.

Largely targeting communities living in urban poverty, youth employment policy is an important component of the wraparound services that Promise Neighborhoods should provide. Integrated with other social services and educational opportunities, this piece should play an important role throughout the "cradle-to-career" pipeline in place-based efforts across the country. As Promise Neighborhoods moves forward, UNCA will work with the administration and CBC to help make sure this important piece is included.

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