News & Updates

Eliminating Barriers to Employment: Opening Doors to Opportunity for Young People

Kisha Bird, Director of Youth Policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), one of the lead organizations in the Reconnecting Youth Campaign, gave powerful testimony about the barriers and solutions to opportunity for Opportunity Youth and people impacted by the criminal justice system.

Reconnecting Youth Campaign: An Exploration of Year One Successes

Spoiler alert: the campaign helped raise $195 million for the federally funded programs for Opportunity Youth.

Voices

Kiara Alexis

Kiara Alexis on Growth

"I felt fortunate to be in that position and I wished other people I knew could be alongside me. That, along with the love I was shown, really helped me grow.  Just the thought of knowing I had so much support made me feel like I couldn’t fail.”
Justin Baker

Justin Baker on Community Health

“Imagine having a community farm or garden in your neighborhood – that can change the dynamic of so many things,” said Justin. “Why is this work important? Well, our health is important. Just having the youth tell people of the community, that’s how people receive it better – we’re actually the leaders right now.”
Esperanitza Castillo

Esperanzita Castillo on Change

“I wanted to become a Corpsmember to change my life, I dropped out of school in the sixth grade and knew I would need a diploma to get a better job or attend college. GMSC means so much more to me than just helping me achieve my goals. The staff is like my family. "
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