Who are disconnected youth?
In the United States, 4.9 million teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 are considered "disconnected youth," which means they are not in school, the military or workforce. In Hampton Roads an estimated 1 in 8 youth are considered disconnected.
View Kristen's presentation. The results published here are in whole or part based upon data generated by Measure of America's 2018 report entitled "More Than a Million Reasons for Hope: Youth Disconnection in America Today."
Watch a summary of the information presented at the breakfast in this interview with Kristen Lewis by Dr. Linda Rice, the community foundation’s vice president for grantmaking.
Here is an October 2018 article highlighting the impact disconnected youth have on the United States economy.
We partnered for the October 17 breakfast forum with Together We Can Foundation - Smart Transitions. Since 2008 Together We Can Foundation - Smart Transitions has helped Hampton Roads youth who are in foster care, homeless, economically disadvantaged or emotionally challenged successfully transition to independent adult life and careers. Preparing for life and connecting with others helps disconnected youth gain a sense of optimism about their future.
For many years the Hampton Roads Community Foundation has supported organizations that prevent disconnection, intervene or re-engage disconnected youth.
Here are a few of the organizations that work with disconnected youth and have received community grants over the last four years:
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