“President Obama clearly outlined his vision and priorities for the country in his final State of the Union Address. Closing the income inequality gap is crucial to putting our country on a pathway to a brighter economic future. There are 5,527,000 American teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school, or one in seven of teens and young adults. The president’s commitment to eradicate poverty by promoting policies centered on education, health and closing the skills gap is commendable. As our economy shows measured growth, high youth unemployment continues to haunt those most vulnerable and the communities they represent.
NJCA represents 126 Jobs Corps centers in all 50 states. For more than fifty years, they have been at the forefront of educating and training young people seeking alternative pathways to personal and professional success.Our programs help at-risk young people attain the job ready skills the president spoke about and instill the confidence they need to secure lasting careers and positively contribute to the neighborhoods where they are from. With the help of local, state and federal partners, faith leaders, parents, instructors and alumni, Job Corps centers have served nearly 3 million young people since their inception and have contributed to the economic strength of our nation.
We know education can make all the difference in achieving the American Dream, regardless of socioeconomic background, race or gender. The Job Corps community is committed to continuing our work with Congress and the Obama Administration to increase funding and slot capacity for Job Corps. In doing so, we will ensure every eligible student from every background and every walk of life reaches their full potential.”
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