The Issue: Unemployment Among College Graduates
About 1.5 million, or 54%, of recent college graduates younger than age 25 are either jobless or working in a job that doesn't require a bachelor's degree, according to The Atlantic in an article based on Associated Press findings in 2012. Not only does unemployment—and underemployment—make it difficult to pay back student loans, when college graduates take a low-paid or low-skill job, they are likely putting a person with only a high-school diploma out of work entirely.
The Campaign: Providing Student Interns with a Stipend
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then America's Future Workforce can provide an intern in its program with a month-long stipend. Currently, there are interns working at DC School Reform Now, the Eleison Group, and directly with America's Future Workforce. Each additional $500 raised will be used to provide another intern with a month-long stipend.
America's Future Workforce
By placing young adults in the occupational field of their choice for a 264-hour internship, America's Future Workforce aims to level the playing field between the well-connected and disadvantaged so all young adults can take a step closer to become successful in an increasingly competitive workforce. AFW places capable young adults, including students and veterans, at internships where they gain working knowledge of their desired fields while also acquiring valuable professional contacts and credentials. Interns receive a $2,000 stipend for their 264 hours of work at their selected internships.
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