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OP-ED: Why Youth Employment Matters

Marc Schindler

The youth workforce development and juvenile justice reform fields have a lot in common and similar goals: They are both working to provide services and enhanced resources to increase positive life outcomes for vulnerable youth. Despite this fact, my experience has been that far too often people in the two fields don’t work together, or talk about their common goals. Previously, I was a public defender representing youth in Baltimore’s juvenile court and helping to run the juvenile justice agency in Washington. When I asked my clients what they needed to get back on the right track, almost all the youth I talked with said the same thing: a job, or the tools to get a job. To achieve that goal, young people need to continue their education. Continue Reading →

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