Communities across America face significant challenges in ensuring that our youth are adequately prepared to enter the workforce. Young people increasingly feel ill-prepared for work, lacking the necessary skills and confidence to prosper on the job.
- More than 75% of youth express concerns about whether they have the skills necessary to secure a job.
- Only 34% of students strongly agree that they will graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the job market.
- More than half of U.S. employers say that their biggest obstacle to growth is a lack of qualified candidates with these essential skills
Boys & Girls Clubs are uniquely positioned to play a key role in bridging these gaps by providing a safe environment where young people are engaged and challenged to build and expand their essential skills. But no one can tackle the workforce crisis alone. We all have a role to play in preparing all young people to be the innovators, leaders and problem-solvers who will shape our world. That's why we need your voice.
We have the perfect opportunity to equip those future leaders with the skills and experiences they need. Soon, Congress will formally introduce The Youth Workforce Readiness Act of 2019, legislation that prepares youth for the workforce at an earlier age by utilizing out-of-school time programming. Your support is needed to amplify the voice of former Club kids and passionate supporters — a community that does whatever it takes to make a difference among today's youth. Sign the pledge to ensure every young person in America has the skills needed to graduate from high school and be well-prepared for life and work. Whatever it takes to close the job skills gap.