Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.

— Michelle Obama

Today, an estimated 6.3 million young people ages 16-24 are disengaged from school and the workforce. Unless they receive adequate education and support, the outlook is grim:

Contributing Factors

Factors that contribute to youth disengagement, particularly among minorities, often include core skill deficiencies, poverty, homelessness, disabilities and criminal records. Declining African American and Latino household wealth exacerbates youth disengagement.

Wealth reduction among minority families combines with growing youth disengagement to create nearly insurmountable barriers for many young people to find paths to the middle class. These barriers often prevent young people from pursuing entrepreneurship as a means to move forward and achieve their goals. Change is needed!

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