Giving Compass' Take:

• Research from Brookings identifies interventions that can help disadvantaged youth find high-quality jobs. 

• Which of these, or which combination, is most appropriate in your area? 

• Learn more about career and technical education

Factors that shape job quality among 29-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds:

  • Work-based learning incorporating positive relationships with adults.
  • Earlier experiences in the labor market.
  • Educational credentials and training.

Recommendations to improve the employment prospects of young people growing up in disadvantaged households:

  • Expand work-based learning within high school career and technical education.
  • Increase completion rates of post-secondary degrees, with an explicit focus on quality and equity.
  • Improve on-ramps to employment for teens and young adults.
  • Promote further research and action on the role of positive relationships in employment and training programs for youth and young adults.

Read the full article about high-quality jobs by Martha Ross, Kristin Anderson Moore, Kelly Murphy, Nicole Bateman, Alex DeMand, and Vanessa Sacks at Brookings.