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According to a new study by the Social Science Resource Council, one out of every seven American youth between the ages of 16 and 24 is either not working or not in school. This gives 5.8 million “disconnected youth.”
African American youth are worst off, with one-in-five of them being without a job or going to school. Boys comprise 26 percent of the American total, compared with 19 percent of the total being black girls. In other words, one out of every four disenfranchised youth in America is a black male.
“Disconnected youth are, not surprisingly, considerably more likely to come from disconnected communities – areas in which high rates of poverty are evidence of and contributors to isolation from mainstream social and economic systems,” the report says.