The Reconnecting Youth Campaign calls on Congress to invest in America’s future by funding 1 million pathways to education, training, national service and employment opportunities for Opportunity Youth, 16- to 24- year-olds who are not in school or work

It’s time to unleash America’s limitless potential.

Studies show that Opportunity Youth are eager and ready for opportunities to engage in the workforce. When Congress invests in proven pathways for young people in our communities, we all benefit.

In the United States,

4.8 million

young people ages 16 to 24 are not in school or the workforce.

That’s an average of


young people in every Congressional District.

We can reconnect

1 million

Opportunity Youth every year if Congress acts.

Voices from the Campaign

Hear more about how our programs are #ReconnectingYouth.

#MyOpportunity: Channtal Polanco

Hear from Channtal about how a local program helped her and her family access education and opportunity.

#MyOpportunity: Oakland, California

Hear from the alumni of Civicorps, which re-engages Opportunity Youth, young adults, ages 18 to 26, to earn their high school diplomas and embark on family sustaining careers.

#MyOpportunity: Eliyahot Yahsha

Hear from Eliyahot about how a local program helped him make a positive change in his life.

Join the Reconnecting Youth Campaign

Together we can unleash America’s potential.

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Decades of research show that investing in Opportunity Youth reduces persistent poverty, increases civic engagement and boosts health, education and career outcomes in our communities.

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Businesses that invest in hiring and training Opportunity Youth report that they outperform other entry-level employees, including lower interview-to-hire ratios, higher retention rates, higher job performance scores and faster promotion rates.

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Opportunity Youth represent limitless potential for themselves, their families and our communities.

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