\Nearly 40 percent of America’s 18- to 24-year-olds are not in school and do not have a college degree, placing them at risk of unemployment or underemployment. These young adults face significant hurdles to sustainable employment: a lack of access to quality education, few opportunities for work experience or on-the-job training that connects to well-paying jobs, and a lack of critical social supports. 

Pe-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs can provide the opportunities this population needs to succeed, but these programs are often inaccessible to those who do not have access through current educators or employers. 

Community-based organizations (CBOs) that focus on young adults can provide the needed pathway into these programs by conducting outreach and recruitment to engage young adults in pre-apprenticeship programs, preparing youth to succeed in pre-apprenticeship programs, developing and operating pre-apprenticeship programs, and providing supports to young adults in pre-apprenticeship to apprenticeship pathways so that they succeed. 

This briefJobs for the Future Releases “Connecting Apprenticeships to the Young People Who Need Them Most: The Role of Community-Based Organizations