Tepid May jobs report underscores need for innovation and reform

 

MayJobs 2016

Looking at some of the headlines for the May jobs report, you’d think America’s employment situation is in rough shape. After all, the economy added only 38,000 jobs, the slowest growth since 2010. Some speculated that Fed Chair Janet Yellen might delay interest rate hikes due to the sluggish job growth.

The monthly jobs report can be sliced and diced different ways though, and May’s report shows some interesting trends for young adults. But further analysis points to persistent inequities for marginalized communities and it underscore a need for innovation and targeted reform in our employment system. With that in mind, it’s worth it to take a step back, and look at these  trends. This month, we compare the unemployment rates for young adults, broken out by demographic between May 2015 and May 2016.

By this comparison, the employment picture for young adults improved overall since last year. The unemployment rate facing young African Americans declined 2.6 points, and young Latinos’ rate declined 1.9 points. However, rates of unemployment for young people of color are almost double their white counterparts. This is clear evidence that structural disparities remain and more work needs to be done on workforce policy and college affordability to improve our economy overall.

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Every Pride Month, We Stand 

by YI Staff

We are reeling, and heartbroken, from Sunday’s horrifying events in Florida. Young Invincibles sends our deepest condolences to the victims’ families, loved ones, and their community in Orlando and beyond. We are thinking of our LGBTQIA constituents and friends with love and we stand with them rejecting hate in all of its forms.

It’s important to combat the fear these sorts of attacks inflict upon those who choose to live their lives authentically.  We will continue to push for more discussions, resources, and policies that support young adults of all stripes, colors and rainbows. And we celebrate Pride Month this year by sharing mental health resources for those who are grieving and information about how to support the city of Orlando.

The GLBT National Help Center: Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, the GLBT Help Center operates two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

The Trevor Project: Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Identity House: Identity House is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that provides Peer Counseling, Group Support, and Therapy Referrals to members of the LGBTQ community who are struggling with issues of sexuality, alienation, relationships, and family.

The Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists: This site features an online referral system and directory of professionals who specialize in providing services to the LGBTQ community. In addition, the site also lays out resources for patients ranging from individual and community resources, to education and advocacy resources and GLBT-focused mental health professional groups.

Live Out Loud: Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBTQ youth by connecting them with successful LGBTQ professionals in their community. The link goes to their resources page, which lists out a number of sites with services and support for LGBTQ youth.

Hispanic Family Counseling – ​MEJORANDO LA CALIDAD DE VIDA: Hispanic Family Counseling Center was founded in 2012 with the hope of providing mental health services tailored to the specific needs of the Hispanic community. They are currently offering counseling services to Florida residents.

Victim Connect Resource Center: The Victim Connect Resource Center has compiled a list of resources for victims and their families, as well as information for the public on how to become involved.

You can also show your support for Orlando by donating to the Hispanic Federation, which is collecting donations through a community initiative called #SomosOrlando. The effort will provide access to culturally competent emergency assistance, case management, crisis intervention, and mental health services, among other immediate needs to the families and victims. The Somos Orlando website has a full list of services that are offered in English and Spanish and other ways people can contribute their help and support. Equality Florida is still accepting donations to support every victim, family members of victims, and survivors.

 

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Young Invincibles’ Statement on Department of Education’s Borrower Defense Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13, 2016

CONTACT
Nina Smith, Nina.Smith@younginvincibles.org, 301-717-9006

Young Invincibles’ Statement on Department of Education’s Borrower Defense Rule

WASHINGTON — Following the release of a draft rule for student borrowers who have fallen victim to predatory for-profit institutions, Young Invincibles, a leading research and advocacy group, expressed support for beefed up consumer protections for distressed borrowers.

Jen Mishory, executive director of Young Invincibles, released the following statement on the Department of Education’s draft proposal, which now enters a 45-day comment period before final implementation:

“We’re encouraged by the scope of protections included in this latest version of the Department of Education’s borrower defense regulation, which makes it easier for students to discharge their loans if their school has engaged in illegal or deceptive practices. The draft proposal widens the window during which a student can file a claim, and provides clearer guidance to borrowers about what qualifies as fraud or misrepresentation by an institution. There are also increased, though at times discretionary, avenues for group or automatic discharge of debt, and a welcome ban on forced arbitration and gag rules.

These improvements are a big step forward for defrauded students, who for far too long bore the burden of proof in the legal process. We look forward to the comment period to raise up the voices of students looking for a clear, automatic path to debt relief after schools have engaged in illegal practices.”

Recent investigations have revealed rampant fraud and weak consumer protections for victims who suffer at the hands of predatory institutions, and providing borrowers an accessible pathway to relief from debt will be critical to helping students trying to rebuild their lives. YI has actively worked to address weaknesses in the process for borrowers and will continue to lift up the voices of student victims to ensure the Department’s final rule strengthens protections that provide critical relief throughout the legal process.

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Young Invincibles Applauds Gov. Brown’s Signature on Groundbreaking Law Seeking Health Care Expansion Waiver

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June 10, 2016

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Nina Smith, Nina.Smith@younginvincibles.org301-717-9006

Young Invincibles Applauds Gov. Brown’s Signature on Groundbreaking Law Seeking Health Care Expansion Waiver

Historic legislation would expand access to the state’s health insurance marketplace for thousands of young Californian immigrants and DACA recipients


LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown today signed SB 10 into law, a measure that will take California closer to making health care coverage available to all Californians. The new law seeks federal approval that would allow all Californians, regardless of immigration status, to buy health insurance at full price through the state’s health marketplace. California is now the first to state to apply for such a waiver since the Affordable Care Act’s enactment. 

Young Invincibles, a research and advocacy group dedicated to improving health care for young adults, applauded the governor and state legislature for making California a national leader in providing all young adults and young families with access to coverage.“The passage of SB10 corrects a longstanding injustice in our health care system by giving thousands of hardworking young people and young families in California the ability to purchase quality coverage,” said Gustavo Herrera, Western Regional Director for Young Invincibles. “Mixed status families fare better when they are able to shop around and purchase health insurance together. And thanks to the efforts of young activists, supporters, and leaders like Governor Brown and Senator Lara, we’ve made that possible. Today we move closer to achieving health care for all people, regardless of their immigration status.”

Under the law signed by Gov. Brown, the state will apply for a State Innovation Waiver found in section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to offer full-price health plans in Covered California to immigrants who are currently shut out of the state marketplace. California is now the first to state to apply for such a waiver since the ACA’s enactment.

Momentum to sign this historic bill was bolstered by immigrant and health advocates who attended last month’s Health4All Conference & Lobby Day in Sacramento, and by statewide advocacy from community members, who called on Governor Brown to sign SB 10. The bill also builds on the recent implementation of SB 75, or “Health4All Kids,” which expands full-scope comprehensive Medi-Cal for low-income undocumented children under the age of 19.

Mr. Herrera added,“YI will remain a part of the Health for All campaign to ensure the voices and perspectives of young adults and young families are included in the debate around health care in California. We will work until everyone is covered, and no Californian is locked out of healthcare because of where they were born.”

Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to elevating the voices of young adults, ages 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for the Millennial generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo.

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Young Invincibles’ Statement on the Senate FY17 Labor-H Appropriations Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

CONTACT: Nina Smith, nina.smith@younginvincibles.org, 301-717-9006

[WASHINGTON]—Following today’s Appropriations Committee markup of the Senate Fiscal Year 2017 Labor-H Appropriations bill, Rory O’Sullivan, deputy director of Young Invincibles, issued the following statement:

“We are pleased the Committee came together in a bipartisan fashion to restore Year-Round Pell for one million students, helping them complete college faster and with less debt. Unfortunately, that reform advances alongside cuts that threaten the financial future of the Pell Grant program and the approximately 8 million low- and moderate-income students it serves.

We’ve seen the purchasing power of Pell erode over the past several decades, and now our most effective economic mobility tool covers less than a third of the cost of a typical four-year public college. There are a host of reforms available to strengthen Pell, including a significant increase in the maximum Pell grant, that today’s cuts would make harder to pursue.

It is deeply concerning to see funding taken out of a program designed to expand access to higher education. While the impact  may not be felt today, this decision undermines our country’s commitment to hard-working students. We urge Congressional leaders to restore and protect Pell funding in the months to come.”  

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App Launches Linking Inland Empire College Programs with In-Demand Jobs to Strengthen California Workforce

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May 20, 2016

CONTACT:  Nina Smith, Nina.Smith@YoungInvincibles.org, 301-717-9006

App Launches Linking Inland Empire College Programs with In-Demand Jobs to Strengthen California Workforce

[RIVERSIDE, CA] – Today, at Riverside City College, Young Invincibles, The Foundation for California Community Colleges and The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office are hosting an event to mark the official launch of Here to Career, a new mobile application aimed at increasing access to data-driven college and career planning in the Inland Empire.

By 2017, the Inland Empire is projected to see a growth of 92,499 jobs. This projected increase could greatly reduce the poverty and unemployment rates in the region, but this reduction is reliant on ensuring residents developing specific in-demand skills, which can be gained through completing certification and degree programs aligned with high-growth industries in the region.

“Higher education is a major investment, and we know that students cite better employment as their primary motivator for a obtaining a postsecondary degree. To help students make more informed decisions we need to provide information on which kinds of programs lead to which kinds of jobs, to get young adults on the path to stable careers and ultimately financial security,” said Gustavo Herrera, West Coast Director of Young Invincibles.

The app provides students, guidance counselors, and parents with an opportunity to learn more about community college programs and how they align with high-demand career opportunities in the Inland Empire region of California. Specifically, the Here to Career mobile app features:

  • The Career Exploration Quiz gathers students’ job preferences to provide personalized career interest recommendations.
  • Salary Surfer data displays real salaries that workers can earn for in-demand jobs in the region.
  • Geolocation capabilities use students’ GPS to locate nearby community colleges that offer the programs they need.
  • App matches students with career profiles of real Inland Empire community college alumni and provides inspiration for students to think creatively about their career path.

“I am honored to join Young Invincibles and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in the launch of the new “Here to Career” application. This will give Californians the opportunity to explore and research career pathways and educational information regarding their local community colleges. Through this mobile technology, students will have opportunities at their fingertips, which can ultimately lead to future economic and professional success,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the California State Assembly Higher Education Committee.

Development of this tool results from a collaboration between Young Invincibles, The Foundation for California Community Colleges and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, and was made possible by funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

“We continue to explore added ways to reach students and their families and have them explore the range of possible career and higher education options to build skills that employers want.  Some of these fields did not exist a decade ago and students will need the right credential to break into those jobs,”  stated Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Workforce & Economic Development of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
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About the California Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation. It is composed of 72 districts and 112 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community Colleges supply workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, and prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy, and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. | www.cccco.edu

About the Foundation for California Community Colleges

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit foundation to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community Colleges system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with community colleges and partner organizations to manage donations, grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation and receives no direct state or public support. | www.foundationccc.org

About Young Invincibles

Young Invincibles is a national organization, working to elevate the voices of young adults, ages 18 to 34, and to engage them on the most pressing issues facing their generation. Young Invincibles guarantees that young adults are represented in today’s top societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, and innovative campaigns that educate, inform and mobilize the Millennial generation to change the status quo. | www.younginvincibles.org

About YI Advisors

YI Advisors is the consulting arm of Young Invincibles that harnesses millennial engagement expertise to deliver strategic guidance on how to best reach and build enthusiasm among diverse young adult populations. | www.yiadvisors.com

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. | www.wkkf.org

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YI Releases 2016 Millennial Workforce Priorities, Which Could Create 3 Million Jobs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 4, 2016

Contact: Sarah Schultz, sarah.schultz@younginvincibles.org, 202.734.6510

Young Invincibles Unveils 2016 Millennial Workforce Development Priorities

Reforms Could Create Over Three Million Jobs and Train More Than One Million Workers Annually

[WASHINGTON]–Young people have realized some employment gains over the last few years, but too many Millennials are still struggling to forge a pathway to work that pays a decent living. Young Invincibles released our 2016 Millennial Workforce Development Priorities, responding to concerns we have heard from young people across the country.

If adopted in full, the reforms we outline could create over three million full-time, part-time, and summer jobs each year and would improve training opportunities for an additional one million young people at an annual cost of $13.1 billion. The platform focuses specifically on our country’s workforce development infrastructure.

“From high unemployment to declining wages, Millennials are still struggling to overcome the consequences of the Great Recession and decades-long workforce trends,” said Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles. “Our workforce development plan provides pathways for young people, particularly the millions of Millennials neither working nor in school, to get training and opportunities they need. This commonsense package of reforms outline the steps we can take right now, and we hope all candidates running for office will give them the consideration they deserve.”

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Young Invincibles Releases New Report on Healthcare Status of Young Adult Immigrants In New York City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 17, 2016


CONTACT
: Sarah Schultz, sarah.schultz@younginvincibles.org202-734-6510

 

Young Invincibles Releases New Report on Healthcare Status of Young Adult Immigrants In New York City

Report finds majority don’t know they may qualify for Medicaid with DACA status

[New York, NY] – Today, Young Invincibles, a Millennial research and advocacy organization, released a new report analyzing healthcare challenges that face young adult immigrants in New York City. One in five New York State residents is an immigrant. Across the state, there are more than 800,000 undocumented residents, 45 percent of whom are young adults between the ages of 16 and 34. Yet while immigrants are a core part of New York communities, access to key services remains a challenge, particularly around healthcare.

Young Invincibles’ report, Young Adults Immigrants & Health Care in New York, aims to better understand how young adult immigrants in New York City – especially undocumented and those with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status – understand their options and engage with healthcare and coverage systems. It also makes recommendations to strengthen care and coverage among this population in New York City.

Key findings from those who participated in the report through surveys, focus groups, and interviews include: 

  • The majority of young adult immigrants didn’t know they may qualify for Medicaid with DACA status.
  • The unique needs of mental health services for young adult immigrants are not being met.
  • Many immigrant students find it difficult to understand and access resources available on their respective college campuses.
  • Many young adult immigrants who serve as caretakers to family members who do not speak English need more support.
  • Language access remains a challenge for young adult immigrants and their families.

“Many young adult immigrants in New York City are not receiving the support they need, both because of significant knowledge gaps and lack of access to resources. “Young adult immigrants are uninsured at a higher rate than their older immigrant counterparts and citizen peers, making clear the need to expand options and provide more education about the services they have available,” said Kevin Stump, Northeast Director for Young Invincibles.

New York State is one of the only states where DACA recipients may also qualify for Medicaid. This has been a major point of confusion, as Medicaid is a federal program and explicitly states that DACA recipients are not qualified for Medicaid or other federally funded programs.

“We believe New York City’s immigrant communities should have the ability to live their lives freely. This includes access to health care and access to legal protection,” said Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. “Today MOIA announced a campaign supported by New York State Health Foundation that aims to ensure that all New Yorkers who qualify for DACA are aware of their options, and know about the powerful benefits of DACA, including access to healthcare.”

Increasing awareness and support around healthcare options for young adult immigrants in New York City is critical to a healthy city and a thriving workforce. This includes greater awareness to current options, mapping and coordinating care, and expanding mental health services to meet the unique needs of young adult immigrants.

To cut through the confusion and to help clarify the options that young adult immigrants have in New York, Young Invincibles created an easy-to-use one-page map that is good first step for young adult immigrant New Yorkers and professionals who work directly with them to understand health care and coverage options. See it here.

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About Young Invincibles:

Young Invincibles is a policy and advocacy organization committed to amplifying the voices of Millennials, ages 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for our generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo. For more information about Young Invincibles please visit younginvincibles.org.

 

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Young Invincibles’ Statement on the President’s 2017 Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 9, 2016

Contact: Sarah Schultz, sarah.schultz@younginvincibles.org202-734-6510

Young Invincibles’ Statement on the President’s Budget

[WASHINGTON]—The White House released the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget this morning, which feature a number of proposals that  affect young adults’ access to health care, higher education, and economic security.

Rory O’Sullivan, deputy director of Young Invincibles, issued the following statement on a few of its provisions:

“We are encouraged that the Administration has made addressing the economic challenges facing our generation a priority. Proposals to close the medicaid coverage gap and reform our higher education and training systems will help expand opportunity for young people across the country.

In particular, we support the inclusion of a number of provisions that will equip our generation with the skills needed to excel in the 21st century economy. This includes a five percent increase in funding for implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, as well as $2 billion to support the expansion of apprenticeship programs over the next five years. In addition, we support the Administration’s inclusion of year-round Pell funding in their budget for the first time in several years; the proposal to streamline existing income-based repayment plans to make student loan repayment easier for borrowers to navigate; the call for revising the 90/10 rule down to 85/15; and closing the GI Bill loophole to ensure that deceptive for-profit actors are held accountable. Finally, the President’s proposal to extend Medicaid funding for states choosing to expand is critical for young people struggling to get health care coverage. This budget is a positive step forward for Millennials and Young Invincibles looks forward to continuing to advocate for these issues and others in the coming year.”

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More Work to Be Done on Income-Based Repayment Plan Enrollment and Awareness

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September 17, 2015

Contact: Sarah Schultz, sarah.schultz@younginvincibles.org, 202.734.6510

Young Invincibles Endorses GAO Report Recommendations to Boost Income-Based Repayment Plan Enrollment and Awareness

[WASHINGTON]–Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report on income-based student loan repayment plans. The report finds that the vast majority of borrowers seeking the additional flexibility these programs provide are low-income (earning less than $20,000 annually). The report also finds that borrowers enrolled in these plans have much lower default rates. Young Invincibles’ Policy Director Jennifer Wang released the following statement in response to the report:

“Young Invincibles endorses the GAO’s recommendations to the Department of Education to increase awareness of and enrollment in income-based repayment plans. Young adults, who often have the lowest earning power and need flexibility in repayment, stand to gain from greater awareness and usability of income-driven plans. The report confirms that borrowers in income-driven plans are mostly low-income. It also confirms that borrowers in income-driven plans have lower default rates. This shows that income-based repayment is vital consumer protection that provides student loan borrowers with the flexibility they need when paying back their loans. The report also shows a very clear need for more outreach to borrowers and better student loan servicing. Young Invincibles agrees, and believes that income-based repayment plans are essential to preventing unnecessary delinquency and loan defaults that can haunt borrowers over the course of their lifetimes.”

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