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More than 30,000 Youth in Portland-SW Washington Region Not in School and Not Working

More than 30,000 Youth in Portland-SW Washington Region Not in School and Not Working

PORTLAND-SW WASHINGTON (April 6, 2016) – A report released by the three workforce development boards that serve the Portland-SW Washington metropolitan area finds approximately 30,157 individuals ages 16 to 24 are not in school and not employed.

The report, distributed by the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC), looks at characteristics of these individuals that represent 28 percent of all young people ages 16 to 24 not enrolled in school in the six-county region (Clackamas, Clark, Cowlitz, Multnomah, Wahkiakum and Washington) served by the CWWC.

Dubbed “Opportunity Youth” by the White House Council on Community Solutions, these young people represent an important workforce resource for the local economy.

“This report identifies key demographic information and barriers faced by Opportunity Youth in our region,” said Bridget Dazey, Executive Director of the Clackamas Workforce Partnership. “Knowing who may be falling between the cracks and possibly not accessing programs will enable us to create innovative strategies to serve these individuals as we identify where the gaps in services are, and see if there are additional programs or partners that may address those needs within our community.”

“We wanted to have a better understanding of the young people in our region, their needs and challenges,” said Jeanne Bennett, CEO of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC). “These individuals are a key population identified in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation to receive services.”

“Having and sharing this information enables us to have conversations within our respective agencies and externally with partners to identify services and resources needed by these youth,” said Andrew McGough, Worksystems’ Executive Director.

Full Press Release - Opportunity Youth Report
Opportunity Youth Report
Appendix Tables

Posted on April 6, 2016.

About Clackamas Workforce Partnership

Clackamas Workforce Partnership, formerly known as Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County, is a nonprofit organization which serves as an advocate for workforce development within Clackamas County and the State of Oregon. Our mission is to address critical workforce, educational, and training challenges, and develop a skilled workforce that meets the needs of businesses and strengthens the local economy of Clackamas County. Learn more about us.