The U.S. youth unemployment rate remains near 9 percent, despite a broader recovery from the Great Recession. Among African-American and Hispanic youth, the number is significantly higher. Meanwhile, U.S. employers are unable to fill millions of jobs in manufacturing, construction, health care and education, for want of skilled candidates.
This disconnect is known as the “skills gap,” a problem that companies, governments and NGOS are now working to solve. With support from the Solutions Journalism Network, The GroundTruth Project presents multimedia reporting from the front lines of efforts to prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future.
—Kevin Grant, Executive Editor