Money for college and the hope of a good-paying job after graduation are two things that are difficult for today's youth to find.
Higher education is more expensive than ever, while federal assistance through Pell Grants and subsidized loans is under attack in Washington. Yet, say the experts at The Corps Network (TCN), the hope of a satisfying career has not yet been extinguished in America.
According to TCN, demonstrating how to become part of the emerging green workforce is the best way to give disadvantaged youth a fighting chance in today's uncertain economy.
With funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Corps Network has released a new publication that illustrates how to prepare young people for green jobs, postsecondary education, and careers in a growing green economy titled, A Green Career Pathways Framework: Postsecondary and Employment Success for Low-Income, Disconnected Youth.
The full guide can be downloaded free of charge by clicking here.
The publication was designed to explore ways in which the emerging green economy can offer a pathway out of poverty for low-income young people, many of whom have disengaged from school and are struggling to find a way into the economic mainstream. It also offers a framework and guidance to youth programs about how to work with employers and postsecondary partners to build "on-ramps" to postsecondary technical training programs and entry to green career paths.
"Navigating the world of green jobs and figuring out how to get young people prepared and placed in these jobs has been a challenge," said Sally Prouty, President and CEO of The Corps Network. "We hope that this publication will make it easier for employers, postsecondary institutions and youth programs to work together to establish green career pathways that build a skilled workforce that benefits local economies, families, and the environment."
The publication suggests that participation in state-run service or conservation corps can be a life-altering event for low-income youth. There are currently 158 corps operating in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Corps annually enroll more than 33,000 young men and women in service, and mobilize approximately 265,000 community volunteers every year. Together, these motivated Corpsmembers generate 15.3 million hours of service every year.