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Measure of America Releases Halve the Gap by 2030: Youth Disconnection in American Cities
Date:10/24/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 24, 2013

Measure of America today released Halve the Gap by 2030: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities, a new report that ranks the 25 most populous U.S. metro areas by the share of young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school. The report sets an ambitious, but attainable, goal to cut in half the gaps between racial groups and between the most- and least-connected neighborhoods by 2030.

According to the study, 5.8 million, or one in seven, young people are disconnected—a number little changed since last year when Measure of America published its initial research on the epidemic of youth disconnection. Halve the Gap updates last year’s findings with the latest numbers by metro area, race and ethnicity, and gender, and better maps the landscape of youth disconnection by neighborhood, exposing extreme gaps within cities and between groups.

“Today, 5.8 million young people are adrift at America’s margins, a situation that is costly both financially and socially,” said Sarah Burd-Sharps, co-director of Measure of America. “These are critical years in which young people should be developing the skills and confidence to prepare them for a productive and meaningful adulthood. The lack of attachment to these anchor institutions leaves lasting scars that impact future earnings, financial independence, and physical and mental health.”

The average disconnected youth costs $37,450 a year in government services. Last year, disconnected youth cost over $930 billion in government assistance and uncollected taxes.

“When we look at the neighborhood data over ten years, it is clear that youth disconnection is an issue that is bigger than any one
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