Youth Employment

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation publishes content on youth employment and related issues. Find and access current and archived items in our database. 

October 25, 2019
Talent Forward 2019 Wrap-Up
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Each year, as the Chamber Foundation hosts the Talent Forward national workforce conference, we focus on talent—educating and training, talent tech and data, recruiting, hiring, and upskilling. With no shortage of talent challenges, the opportunities for informative discussion are endless. While a day devoted to dissecting talent-related topics could focus solely on the problems, Talent Forward is all about the solutions.

June 19, 2019
Experimental Sites Initiative + Federal Work Study
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Though not widely known outside of the education community, the Department of Education recently released information about a new pilot for institutions willing to reimagine their Federal Work Study (FWS) programs. Given the pilot’s emphasis on increased industry engagement in FWS, it is imperative that the business community be informed about the pilot and reach out to their education partners to leverage this pioneering opportunity to benefit our nation’s students. Chances like this are few and far between…and will become completely obsolete if limited interest prevails innovative thinking. 

Talent Forward 2019

At Talent Forward 2019, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's national workforce conference, we will explore how we define leadership at the intersection of work, education, and tech. How can we create the right environment to support the development of new partnerships and encourage change that is disruptive without being destructive? And once we're there, what does success look like? Join us with experts from across industries to discuss these questions and more.

February 28, 2019
Achieving Tomorrow in Boston
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To close the opportunity divide, cities like Boston are looking to strategic partnerships between employers and workforce and talent development programs to connect underserved youth with the work-based learning experiences that exist in their own community and help equip them with the skills and real-world experience they need to succeed in them. 

January 29, 2019
Greater Houston Partnership, My Life As
© Greater Houston Partnership

When we ask young people “What do you want to be when you grow up?” the answers generally include—doctor, professional athlete, musician, actress. These are careers that we see every day in movies, TV, and real life.

February 5, 2019
Career Ready Tempe, AZ
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It has been one month since participants were announced for the U.S. Chamber Foundation Career Readiness Lab and the Tempe Chamber of Commerce has been moving quickly to respond to the call for innovative, Chamber of Commerce-led programming to better connect classroom to career. This summer, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce will launch Career Ready Tempe, a youth workforce pilot program intended to tackle barriers to employability for income-eligible youth and help employers create a robust youth talent pipeline.
January 17, 2019
How Young People Navigate the Work Economy in 2019
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Anyone who thinks this is an easy time for someone to navigate early adulthood is sorely mistaken. Young people face an unclear future. In the coming years AI systems will destroy and create entire industries and an end to scarcity will erode the basic working model. Is this cause for major concern?
January 3, 2019
Businesses Are Working With Students to Better Bridge Classrooms With Careers
© Photo by Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Now more than ever, the success of American business and the effectiveness of our education systems are inextricably linked. Business leaders must be even more engaged in ensuring that our education and workforce systems are preparing learners beginning at an early age for the increasing demands of the globally competitive 21st century knowledge economy.
November 13, 2018
Blog Image_Connecting Students to Industry Professionals
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Looking across the country, there are a range of current and future challenges influencing America’s ability to remain competitive in the race for talent. Companies everywhere are growing and the most crucial factor influencing corporate decisions on where to locate or expand operations is the ability to recruit the best workforce. Therefore, regions with the most skilled workers will not only grow more organically but also have other companies, both national and international, opening facilities there. 
November 6, 2018
Digital Transformation and Entrepreneurship
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Despite the accessibility of digital technology, there remains a notable disconnect between the tech-savvy and those struggling to find a place in the digital nation. This isn’t a problem that can be overcome with any urgency, but it’s imperative that the educational system continues to pivot curriculums towards digital skills. Programming, AI development, machine learning, analytics, data-driven strategy: if business is to adapt at all levels, it will need a formidable baseline of understanding.

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