Research and Policy

Our Research and Policy

2017

2016

2014

2013

  • Boston’s Opportunity Youth: A Look at 16-24 Year Olds Who Are Not Working or in School: The Center for Labor Market Studies and the Boston PIC gathered initial research on opportunity youth in Boston. That information included the number of opportunity youth, their disconnection rates, demographic characteristics, and educational attainment levels. This research was instrumental in deciding how to move forward.
  • Connecting Boston’s Youth and Young Adults: Education, Employment, Community: In 2013, Boston elected a new mayor for the first time in 20 years. Leading up to the election, the OYC worked with several other coalitions to issue a series of recommendations to the next mayor of Boston. The final recommendations represented 110 organizations, and they culminated in a forum where mayoral candidates spoke about their plans to engage disconnected youth.

Others’ Research and Policy

2017

  • College Success for Opportunity YouthThe Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative funded the Rennie Center to report on opportunities for success, barriers, and policy changes that help opportunity youth succeed in college.
  • The Youth Adult Labor Force in Massachusetts: UMass Donahue Institute conducted a study funded by PIC which demonstrated the unemployment crisis for youth despite the uptick in adult employment throughout Massachusetts.

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2012