The Jobs Exist but Still not Enough Skilled Workers
With over 100,000 jobs remaining open due to a low supply of skilled workers, Ohio is placing more emphasis on workforce development. Various educational institutions in Ohio are collaborating with the governor’s office to create more programs that will offer career training for those who are unemployed and underemployed. City officials hope that focusing on workforce development will not only have an impact in the short term but also attract businesses to the state in the long term. To read more, click here.
Affordable Rental Housing Remains a Major Concern
The availability of affordable rental housing decreased substantially over the past 12 years. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and the MacArthur Foundation published a study examining this growing issue. They explain that even though there has been increased federal assistance in the form of tax credits and housing vouchers, it’s not enough. Since the 2009 recession hit, higher rental costs coupled with declining incomes and higher energy costs have made housing affordability an even greater problem for an even greater number of people. To view the full report, click here.
New Maryland Initiative to Support Foster Care Youth
The Maryland Department of Human Resources is taking new steps to support young people as they transition from the foster care system into adulthood. As they get closer to “aging out” of foster care, these youth often receive very little guidance about how to manage their future and some even end up homeless within 18 months of leaving the system. Maryland hopes that by providing more resources like human support, job training, and financial literacy courses, it will better prepare foster youth for this difficult transition. To read more, click here.
International Competitiveness: A Comparison of Competitiveness and Wealth
The United States, which has dropped in the rankings for four years in a row, is now seventh. (
Support is Lacking for Youth Leaving the Foster Care System
The situation of youth exiting the foster care system is dire. There are still significant numbers who fail to complete high school, do not find employment by age 21, and/or have chronic medical problems after "aging out" of the system. In many cases, more support is needed both while youth are in the foster care system and after they leave to guide them into adulthood. More information can be found here.
Child Poverty: The Conversation We're Not Having
Op-Ed: This year UNICEF released a report stating that the U.S. had the second-highest level of child poverty in the developed world. Only Romania ranks higher. The second highest in the developed world! If anything, this shows us that, just as some of us lost nothing in the recession, some of us gained nothing in coming out of it -- namely the poor. (Read More)
The Straight Facts on Women in Poverty
Women in America are more likely to be poor than men. Over half of the 37 million Americans living in poverty today are women. And women in America are further behind than women in other countries—the gap in poverty rates between men and women is wider in America than anywhere else in the Western world. (Read More)
Growing Number of People Find it Difficult to Afford Food
Issues of food affordability continue to increase across the U.S. due to drought, rising food prices, and general economic distress. Southern states currently experience the highest rates of adults who have difficulty affording food. To read more, click here.
Illinois Implements Stricter Penalty on Unlicensed Lenders
In an effort to curb predatory lending, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a new measure intended to protect consumers from unlicensed lenders. To read more, click here.
Child Welfare Practices Become More Uniform Across Indiana
The new state-wide practice model used by the Indiana Department of Child Services has received praise from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. However, the Foundation along with other actors point out that there's still more work to be done. To read more, click here.
New Massachusetts Legislation Will Transform the Children in Need of Services Program
The new bill requires that the current program to identify and protect at-risk youth undergo necessary reform. The goal of this reform is to create a statewide network of community-based programs to steer children away from the criminal court system. To read more, click here.
The DOJ Investigates Juvenile Justice Practices in East Mississippi
A DOJ investigation into the juvenile justice system in Meridian, Mississippi showed that current laws incarcerate many students for minor in-school disciplinary infractions. Minority and disabled children are reported to be most affected by this system. To read more, click here.
States Incorporate Skilled Trades Education Into Public Schools
Many of the world’s employers are facing a stark shortage of skilled workers. In the US, states like Georgia and Texas are looking for solutions that start in high school classrooms. To read more, click here.
Washington State Pursuing Quality Assurance to Fix What Doesn’t Work
Since 2002, Washington state has conducted quality assurance monitoring for its juvenile justice programs so that it can identify which strategies are working to reduce recidivism and the number of youth committed to state institutions. Results First recently evaluated the impact of this approach. To read the issue brief, click here.
Economic Stress Influences the Well-Being of American Children
The percentage of children living in poverty is rising. A new Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation has tracked 16 factors of well-being over five years to understand how economic stress negatively influences children. To read the full report click here.