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Career Pathways: Creating a Pipeline to Employment for Young Adults

Oct 14, 2015

At ICF, our people are at the heart of everything we do. So it’s no surprise that our consultants have their ear on the pulse of programs that help provide all young people with viable roadmaps to sustainable and rewarding employment.

In this article, ICF experts Kristin Abner and Christina Techico provide an overview of career pathways programs for youth. These programs create a pipeline to employment for young adults by providing support and case management that helps them enter, retain, and advance into meaningful careers.

In 2014, approximately 5.6 million young people were out of work or school and the youth unemployment rate was double that of adults. ICF experts discuss the promise of career pathways programs designed to help low-income young people find and retain high-demand employment opportunities. In particular, the article highlights Project HOPE and the Dibble Institute—both of which are working closely with youth to encourage career development and work attachment.

By Dr. Kristin Abner