The purpose of the Network is to reduce the percentage of disconnected youth ages 16-24 living in St. Lucie County who are not employed, in school, or in the labor force. The focus of these efforts is on census tracts with at least 25% of individuals who are below 100% of the poverty level.
Why Addressing Disconnected Youth Matters?
4.6 million youth in the U.S. (2016) ages 16-24 are disconnected. These youth often have co-occurring problems including criminal behavior, mental health problems, drug abuse, and early pregnancy (before age 22). These young people cost taxpayers $93 billion annually and $1.6 trillion over their lifetime in lost revenues and increased social services.
The Economic Sufficiency Network meets monthly, every third Wednesday at 10:00am. Please email Canieria Gardner at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or for the current meeting location.
Bridges Out of Poverty
If you or your business, agency, or organization interacts with people coming from poverty and struggling to make ends meet, this workshop provides a deeper understanding of their perspectives, challenges – and strengths. The concepts learned, allow you to empower and partner with them to create opportunities for success.
Understanding & Engaging Under-Resourced College Students
Provides an understanding of college students that come from impoverished households to assist with creating conditions that make success achievable.
Creating stable lives for working people increases employee retention and boosts productivity. This workshop helps employers understand and stabilize the lives of their entry-level and low-wage workers.
Who Benefits from these Workshops?
- Business leaders & managers
- Social service agency leaders & staff
- Community associations & clubs
- Pastors & faith leaders
- Education & health professionals
- Government policy makers & managers
- Anyone interested in poverty reduction
To Learn More and Schedule a Workshop:
For more information and to schedule training for your group, email Kevin Singletary at KSingletary@RoundtableSLC.org.