New report shows Nevada youth could struggle in the future
Its a concerning new statistic, one in five Nevadans ages 16 to 24 are considered disconnected youth. These kids don't have employment and aren't in school. Economists worry this is leading them on a path to nowhere. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Its a concerning new statistic; one in five Nevadans ages 16 to 24 are considered disconnected youth. These kids don't have employment and aren't in school. Economists worry this is leading them on a path to nowhere.
"That means that they are more likely to turn to crime and more likely to turn to drug-related crime. So what we're seeing is the beginnings of future problems in our communities," said University of Nevada, Las Vegas Professor and Economist Dr. Stephen Brown.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the report which shows a trend. Things are progressively getting worse.
"What we see is that the downturn in the economy has made it harder for young people to get work. It has also created unstable home environments and has caused dropout rates to go up," said Brown.
The report will be presented to the Nevada Legislature to promote policy change for programs that help disconnected youth.
For additional information and to see the full report go to www.aecf.org.