Forum Touts Businesses’ Role in ‘Two-Generation’ Education, Job Strategies

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A forum being staged Tuesday will examine how businesses can support “two-generation” strategies meant to help out-of-work young adults build professional careers—and by extension, help children educationally, by providing them with stable households.

The event, which is being held at noon in the nation’s capital and will be webcast live, is being hosted by the Aspen Institute, as part of a series. It will include examples of private-sector employers who have taken creative steps to establish career paths for high school and college dropouts and other young adults needing work.

The Aspen Institute is involved in those issues in a number of ways, including through Ascend, a program that focuses on two-generation approaches that benefit both adults and children. The forum will also feature Elyse Rosenblum, the director of the Employment Pathways Project, an organization that seeks to “change collective perceptions” about unemployed young adults and replicate business practices that support the labor needs of the private sector while also helping unemployed 16- to 24-year-olds.

Other speakers include representatives from UBS, a global financial services firm, and Jonathan Njus, a program officer with the Kellogg Foundation and a former senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of Labor. Kellogg sponsors the New Options Project, an effort to involve employers in helping youth who are unemployed and out of school connect with careers.

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