Preparing Wisconsin’s Youth for Success in the Workforce

fis31_240x240Young people have been hit harder by unemployment than any other age group in the current recession. Unemployment among 16- to 24-year-olds has doubled over the past decade, with low-income, minority teens especially hard hit. For decades, efforts have been made to reform K-12 education, promote college enrollment, and enhance work-based learning. Yet academic achievement and college graduation rates have failed to improve. Many U.S. employers still complain that today’s young adults do not have what it takes to succeed in the 21st century labor market. This seminar will present cutting-edge research on the most effective, evidence-based strategies for preparing our youth for success in the workforce. Two approaches will be featured that have some of the strongest evidence of improving life chances for youth—investments in early childhood education and Career Academies for making high school more engaging and career-relevant. Working together, youth, families, schools, employers, and policymakers can help ensure today’s generation of youth do not get left behind in the global economy.

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Preparing Wisconsin’s Youth for Success: Lessons from Other States

by William Symonds
Director of Pathways to Prosperity, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Improving Youth Labor Market Prospects: Long-Term Findings From an Evaluation of Career Academies

by James Kemple
Research Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Executive Director, Research Alliance for New York City Schools, New York University

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Early Childhood Programs for State Economic Development

by Timothy Bartik
Senior Economist, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

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Reactor Panel

including Jon Stellmacher, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; Eric Radomski, Milwaukee Public Schools; and Dorothy Valentine, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc.

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