Our young people are the future of this nation. Unfortunately, many of our underserved and at-risk youth face employment barriers including discrimination, homelessness, and involvement with the juvenile or criminal justice system. The resulting unemployment
makes it harder for these young people to find and maintain jobs later in life. According to the Brookings Institution, in 2016, 3 million youth in the United States between the ages of 16-24 were out of school and out of work. We must do more to break down
employment barriers and facilitate youth employment.