Youth deserve all the help they can get to be ready for college, work and life. Currently, disadvantaged youth have access to a variety of uncoordinated, inflexible and imprecise services. Juvenile justice, labor, health, education, housing and human service agencies work independently, creating a fragmented system in which youth can be overlooked and underserved.
When critical services don’t reach youth at the time of need, a host of problems can arise: gang involvement, lack of education or trouble finding a job, just to name a few. To address these service delivery challenges, the Forum for Youth Investment is helping state and local agencies use data to more flexibly deliver the right service mix to youth ages 14-24, often referred to as disconnected or opportunity youth.1