Tapping the Youth Employment Pipeline

September 9, 2015

Photo credit: Starbucks Newsroom; Starbucks's Opportunity Fair & Forum in Chicago on August 14, 2015

With youth unemployment at a historic high (nearly twice that of the national unemployment rate), increasing numbers of youth will have less work experience than ever before. Improving youth employment opportunities and closing the skills gap requires the employer community to actively engage and implement strategies that fit into their long-term operation and growth. 

In the latest episode of The U.S. Chamber's The Business Impact podcast, the focus is on youth employment programs and how they are critical to combating the nation's stark skills gap.

First, Blair Taylor, chief community officer at Starbucks, discusses the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a national coalition of leading U.S.-based companies committed to hiring at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth by 2018.

And then Noel Ginsburg, chairman and CEO of Intertech Plastics, talks about the Denver-based company that started 35 years ago as a class project at University of Denver and how it continues to embrace those youth employment roots.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation is bringing national attention to the challenge through the lens of employers. Our approach reinforces the business case for hiring youth and focuses on demand-driven solutions to support businesses employing young talent.

The Foundation's Youth Employment initiative is about solving real-world business problems that help America's economy to grow, businesses to be competitive, and all students to have the opportunity for success.

Learn more here.