Youth employment has been declining for six decades,

with fewer than 30% of 16-19 year olds working in 2015.

Overview

Unemployment rates for young adults ages 16-24 are double the national average. At the same time, many U.S. employers say their inability to find qualified workers is their greatest obstacle to growth.

Our goal at TeenForce is to bridge this divide with a market-driven solution by operating a social enterprise that matches prepared and trained young workers to jobs in high-wage, high-demand fields. We use collective impact strategies that leverage the strengths of private sector, non-profit and government systems to achieve common objectives. We focus on tangible technical skills and behaviors that employers require, and we partner with schools and training programs that deliver results. Additionally, we focus on vulnerable youth that are most likely to benefit from our services and who represent untapped talent right here in our own neighborhoods.