Youth unemployment plagues NYC, it's twice the national average and even worst for minorities.
“ Researchers at Brookings found that a six-month bout of unemployment for someone at age 22 has major consequences going forward and reduces wages by eight percent the following year and reduces future earnings by $22,000 over the next decade.” Studies show children who are academically struggling in elementary school or preschool will most likely have trajectories that lead toward truancy, school drop outs and behavioral problems. Because of the trajectories, many enter the workforce with “inflation-adjusted earnings” that are declining drastically.  Accordingly, the National Center for Education Statistics reports that individuals with some college or those who’ve attained a trade or Bachelor’s degree have an eighty percent better chance of becoming employed compared to forty percent for those who do not possess a H.S. diploma or some college.  Project Hope programs address these barriers for youth by providing activities that assist youth in becoming self-sufficient, and reinforcement of positive values so youth could lead productive lives.
 NYS Department of Education “data” (2017) https://data.nysed.gov/lists.php?type=school (10 February 2017)
 Thrive NYC, (2015) <https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/MentalHealthRoadmap.pdf> (01 January 2016)
 Bob Hennelly, YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT AT CRISIS LEVELS IN NYC, (2015) <http://www.wbai.org/articles.php?article=2715> (01 January 2016)
 Patrice L. Engle and Maureen M. Black, The Effect of Poverty on Child Development and Educational Outcomes. “Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences”, (2008), 1136, 243–256. <doi: 10.1196/annals.1425.023> (01 January 2016)
 Trends in Employment Rates by Educational Attainment, “The national Center for Education Statistics” (2013) <http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_tba.asp> (01 January 2016)
We Need To Do More
50%OF H.S. STUDENTS HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO PERVASIVE VIOLENCE
"Supporting children through their entire childhood is essential to securing a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood-particularly for the most vulnerable youth who live in poverty..."
"NYC unemployment rate for youth age 16-24 is twice the national average"