Community Health, Youth Voices
As if it weren’t tough enough to find a place in the workforce — at 26.5 percent, the 2014 unemployment rate for 16 to 19-year-olds in the Long Beach area is unusually high — area youth who have been incarcerated or are on probation face systematic discrimination. But some local organizations are working to bring jobs to this struggling population. One charter school tries to bring alternatives for system-involved youth, offering students a path to getting a GED, job-readiness training, as well as help with expunging records. “Without guidance or without education, that could lead to them being re-adjudicated or reoffending.” More about what’s happening in Long Beach, on Voicewaves.