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

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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

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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

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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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New Brief Finds Major Racial Disparities in College Major Selection

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September 16, 2015

New Brief Finds Major Racial Disparities in College Major Selection, Boosts Case for Providing Outcomes Data by Major

[WASHINGTON]–Today, Young Invincibles released a new brief called Major Malfunction, which looks at racial disparities in college major selection. The report finds African American and Latino students are overrepresented in the lowest paying majors, Latinos are underrepresented in almost all top paying majors, and African Americans are represented at half the rate they should be in important STEM majors.

This brief comes on the heels of the White House unveiling its new College Scorecard, providing students and families with information about institution cost, graduation rates, and average starting salaries. This is a step in the right direction, but students and families need additional information to fully be able to weigh the value of their investment, and that information is major-level data.

“Our research shows that not only are there vast disparities in educational attainment by race, but the inequities extend to fields of study, with students of color underrepresented in the most lucrative fields,” said report authors Tom Allison and Konrad Mugglestone. “For this reason, it is all the the more important to provide students with data about outcomes at both the institution- and major-levels so that they can better asses which schools and fields of study will best set them up for success upon graduation.”

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FAFSA Changes a Huge Victory for Students & Families

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September 14, 2015
Contact: Sarah Schultz, sarah.schultz@younginvincibles.org, 202.734.6510
FAFSA Application Changes a Huge Victory for Students and Families
[WASHINGTON]–Today, President Obama is announcing administrative changes to make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid easier to complete. Specifically, by making financial aid determinations based on prior-prior year tax figures, families will be able to better access this tax information and have additional time to complete the application. Jennifer Wang, Policy Director of Young Invincibles, released the following statement on the announcement.
“Right now, millions of students do not complete the FAFSA, leading many of them to pass up financial aid they are entitled to. The Administration’s announcement that it will accept easily accessible prior-prior year tax information when applying for financial aid is a huge victory for students and families grappling with mounting college costs.”
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Young Invincibles Statement on New College Scorecard: A Step in the Right Direction Towards Improving Transparency in Higher Education

Young Invincibles Statement on New College Scorecard: A Step in the Right Direction Towards Improving Transparency in Higher Education

Young Invicibles applauds the Department of Education’s introduction of the College Scorecard, housing new data about college access, affordability, and performance, which provides unprecedented transparency in higher education for students and families, institutions, and policymakers.

“The new data is a big deal, and it has implications for improving consumer information, bolstering accountability, and helping institutions improve,” said Tom Allison, Deputy Policy & Research Director. “This dataset answers important questions about employment outcomes, repayment rates, and transfers, and it breaks down the data by income, race and ethnicity, and first-generation status, information that is crucial and that we have long advocated for making public.”

“The data is at the institutional level, however, and it falls short of the flexibility and depth of a student focused-data system. For instance, we can’t break down median incomes by program or area of study. This is a problem because we know what students study is just as important as where they study. We urge the Department to continue building on this system and develop a long-term strategy to improve how we collect and use postsecondary data, by working with Congress to overturn the student unit record ban and overhaul our postsecondary data infrastructure.

Next week, Young Invincibles will publish new research on the importance of area of study, an important student choice not included in the Scorecard data, and explore racial and ethnic disparities in the majors that produce the highest and lowest incomes.

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Mishory: States need to properly invest in higher education to help curb college debt

Appearing on C-Span’s Washington Journal, Young Invincibles Executive Director Jen Mishory discusses state disinvestment in higher education and the role it is playing in driving up college tuition and student debt. Here is a clip from the segment.

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City Colleges of Chicago Tuition Increase Hits Part-time and International Students Hard

“Community colleges get at something fundamental to the classic American dream – they serve as a melting pot where students from different cultures can learn skills that lead to successful careers and financial security. Community colleges also historically provided educational opportunities to underserved communities including international students, young parents, and students who must work full-time to afford school.

That’s why I was shocked when City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) announced a tuition hike that would almost double the cost of education for many students.” Read more at Reboot Illinois by clicking here.

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