New York City 's E Government Efforts And How This Can Be Reduce The Number Of Disconnected Youth

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Abstract In recent years, public and government attention has begun to focus on New York City 's young residents between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working. There are many factors behind why youth become disconnected. Some became disconnected when they dropped out of high school; others might be struggling to raise their own children; still others struggle with physical or mental health problems, or other barriers to education or employment. This paper will examine the implementation and impact, if any, of New York City’s E government efforts and how this can be used to reduce the number of disconnected youth. Our primary focus will be the Department of Community and Development (DYCD) since they are the agency committed to serving New York City’s youth. Introduction New York City is home to about 186,000 young people between the ages of 17 through 24 who are homeless, in foster care, involved in the justice system, or are neither employed nor enrolled in an educational institution (Opportunity Youth Agenda). These youth have been coined the term “opportunity youth” by the White house. An estimated fewer than 40,000 disconnected youth were reached by city programs which leaves over two thirds of youth underserved. The percentage of youth ranging from ages 16 to 24 participating in the labor market has decreased from 45 percent to 29 percent. This in turn has spiked unemployment rates from 13 percent to 20 percent for that age group. According

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