Forum Will Discuss Ways to Guide Young People Into Adulthood

Ismael Ahmed

Ismael Ahmed

This Friday, the University of Michigan-Dearborn will host an Opportunity Youth Forum, bringing together stakeholders in the region who are working to help young people find their way into adulthood, through education and careers.

From U of M-Dearborn:

A recent Measure of America study shows 17%, or more than 85,000, of Southeast Michigan’s youth ages 16-24 years old are not working or in school. The disconnection from school or work for this burgeoning population, often referred to as “opportunity youth,” can have a lasting effect on individuals, potentially leading to lower incomes, higher unemployment rates and negative physical and mental health outcomes.

UM-Dearborn is proud to convene the Opportunity Youth Forum bringing together stakeholders in this area to explore pathways to post-secondary education and training that will close the equity gaps for this particularly vulnerable group.

We hope to generate awareness of existing collaborations, to forge new partnerships and to consider a guiding framework which leverages the higher education, philanthropic and non-profit sectors to bring effective models to scale.”

Opportunity Youth Forum:
Pathways to Youth Engagement: Higher Education, Talent, and Philanthropic Partnerships
November 16, 2018
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kochoff Hall

Ismael Ahmed, a Senior Advisor to the Chancellor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on issues related to Metropolitan Impact, and host of This Island Earth on WDET, joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about the event. Henderson also speaks with Monique Miles, director of the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund and the deputy director of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions.

Click on the audio player above to hear the conversation.

Image credit: Jake Neher/WDET

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