Authors: Vien Truong, Senior Associate From Huffington Post
One of the biggest challenges in today's world is figuring out how to connect people to jobs. According to reports at the recently held Clinton Global Initiative America, there are 3 million jobs in the country going unfilled. Despite these vacancies, there are so many people who need jobs and can't find them. While there's probably not a universal solution to this problem, today I am happy to write about what I believe to be at least one positive development for young Americans. Recent funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has supported an effort that involved numerous stakeholders in a process of figuring out how best to prepare young men and women for success in the world of green jobs. Many of these young people are low-income and disconnected, meaning that they have disengaged from school and are struggling to find a way into the economic mainstream. Some six million strong -- they represent an untapped resource. Nonetheless, even though many of these young people are seeking second chances, they need significant support to succeed.
Sally Prouty was appointed President and CEO of The Corps Network in 2002 and leads its work focused on assuring quality, advancing policy, and building partnerships in support of Service and Conservation Corps. The Corps Network is a co-chair of Green For All's YELL Working Group. Read more about and download TCN's newly released publication, A Green Career Pathways Framework.