Archive for June 11th, 2011
Young people become empowered by their participation in the institutions and decisions that affect their lives–which in turn can lead to real positive change in the community. Youth Participation and Community Change presents leading authorities providing the latest research and effective approaches on how young people can be drawn to participate in organizations and communities. The diverse perspectives discuss youth participation in today’s society, the models and methods of its practice, the roles of youth and adults, and the future of youth participation and community in a diverse democracy. Approaches include those which promote participatory community-based research and evaluation, and involve youth groups in poor and racially segregated areas.
Student loan default is exploding and people are starting to wonder if the investment is worth the return. Hundreds of thousands of students are graduating from college this month heavily in debt. They are preparing to enter a U.S. economy saddled with a stubbornly high U.S. unemployment rate. Job creation is stagnant. The jobs that are being created are unskilled, low-paying positions. Higher end jobs are disappearing as U.S. graduates compete with foreign workers willing to work for far less money. A lack of lending standards and naive borrowing for college has the student loan crisis being compared to the subprime loan crisis.
View also: Highest Youth Unemployment Ever
The report presents the latest global and regional labour market trends for youth and specifically explores how the global economic crisis has exposed the vulnerabilities of young people around the world. In developed economies, the crisis has led to the highest youth unemployment rates on record, while in developing economies – where 90 per cent of the world’s youth live – the crisis threatens to exacerbates the challenges of rampant decent work deficits, adding to the number of young people who find themselves stuck in working poverty and thus prolonging the cycle of working poverty through at least another generation.
The Global Employment Trends for Youth, August 2010 remains unique, however, as the only report in the series to be written in the midst of a global economic crisis. As such, it inevitably addresses the impact of the crisis on young men and women around the world. The impact on young people is defined and placed in a broader context in terms of comparisons among regions, between sexes and among other age cohorts (namely, that of adults). Chapter 3 explores the question of whether young men and women, already defined as a group with serious vulnerabilities even at the best of times, can become even more vulnerable during times of economic shocks. It looks at where the crisis impact is being felt the hardest in terms of youth employment and unemployment and where the impact is showing up more indirectly in view of longer-term development prospects. Finally, Chapter 4 looks at some lessons learned from evaluated youth employment programmes. Ideally, such lessons can help to shape future developments as countries continue to prioritize youth in their national recovery policy agendas.
Desde el primer trimestre de 2003, el crecimiento del empleo entre los jóvenes fue del 124 por ciento, casi el doble de la tasa general (68 por ciento), pero el 18,9 por ciento continúa sin conseguir trabajo.