Ensure ALL youth in Adams and Broomfield Counties will be employed at a self-sufficient wage.
SMART TARGET: Reduce the number of youth who are not in school or employed in Broomfield County from 11% to 10% (700 to 650) by the end of 2020. The fiscal impact of supporting 50 opportunity youth into employment at a self-sufficient wage is:
$1,560,000 in Increased Wages*
$72,228 in Increased State Income Tax
$11,201 in Total State Sales Tax Impact
$16,029 in Total Local Sales Tax Impact
*Average Annual Wage is based on national wage data for 16-24 year old males of color in Adams County and for all 16-24 year olds in Broomfield County.
700 youth in the City and County of Broomfield are currently disconnected – meaning they are not in school or employed in any capacity.
Champion: Vanessa Oldham, Deputy Director of Health and Human Services, City & County of Broomfield
Convener: Chris Dewhurst, Workforce Division Manager, City & County of Broomfield
Core Team: Jill Mendoza, Economic Vitality Manager, City & County of Broomfield
WHY YOUTH EMPLOYMENT?
Youth employment is the critical culmination of a young person’s Cradle to Career journey. The RMC2C Partnership has identified the need to understand the state of youth employment, so that we can address the systemic barriers our youth face in obtaining employment at a wage that allows them to be self-sufficient. This work is highly aligned with Broomfield’s strategic goals of creating a thriving community, by increasing economic vitality, employment resiliency, and fostering whole family success, especially for ALL youth.
Opportunity Youth are disconnected in a way that leads to lower lifetime earnings and a higher likelihood of social isolation. Nationally, one in nine young people are neither in school nor working. These Opportunity Youth face many obstacles to employment and self‐sufficiency and often come from backgrounds of entrenched poverty and instability. Yet, research shows that they represent a substantial economic opportunity. These youth overwhelmingly want to work, gain education and job skills, become economically mobile, and overcome the cycles of poverty that have historically entrenched them and their families. Opportunity youth are an important population to consider in the context of two‐generation programming interventions because their abilities and opportunities can be strengthened through connection to their families and communities.
For more information, contact Matt Horn, Collaborative Action Manager, at MattHorn@RMC2C.org.