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In the Media

73,000 Opportunity Youth Live in the City of Los Angeles

KCET — 02/27/2018

Opportunity youth (also referred to as disconnected youth) are individuals between the age of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school. Such youth often leave school or work because of healthcare issues, pregnancy, the need to take care of younger siblings or caretakers, or because they are struggling and disconnected in school. According to a report by Drexel University, it is particularly important for people in this age group to be working or in school because it is a critical time for developing ability, knowledge, skills, and character traits (also known as “human capital”) that are important for career path development later in life. In addition to the future career implications, such youth also face disadvantages from being relatively isolated from society and have a higher chance of engaging in unhealthy behaviors like criminal activity. It is estimated there are currently around 73,000 opportunity youth living in the City of Los Angeles. Read More

Employment Goes Negative In Month Fraught With Hurricanes

Inside Sources — 10/06/2017

The economy saw job growth turn negative, likely due to the recent string of hurricanes, with the loss of 33,000 jobs in the month of September, detailed a federal report Friday. Read More

An 'uncomfortable' life: Philly still America's poorest big city — 09/13/2017

Philadelphia’s poverty rate, a stubborn and entrenched indicator of hard times, remained stagnant in 2016, even as poverty declined throughout America. Read More

Pennsylvania saw a 6 percent boost in clean energy jobs, report says

Philadelphia Business Journal — 09/06/2017

It's tricky to define exactly what a clean energy job entails, however. Read More

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Public Speaking & Presenting

Economic and Labor Market Developments and Outlook

Manufacturing Alliance of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, April 6, 2017.

Workforce Development

“The Human Capital Deficit of Disconnected Youth in Philadelphia”, Community Empowerment and Opportunity, Philadelphia, PA August 18, 2016

Higher Education

Career and Technical Education Teachers, Edison High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 19, 2015

Disability, Higher Education, and the Labor Market

“Understanding Employer Risk in Recruiting, Screening and Hiring,” DisAbility Jobs Summit, Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, October 8, 2013.

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