Leaders Gather at International House New York to Discuss Solutions for Global Youth Unemployment

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Generation Jobless conference gathers business, education, government and NGO leaders to present solutions to the crisis: nearly 25 percent of young people globally are NEETs -- neither in education, employment or training.

Through the reporting of our 10 teams of millennials, we have chronicled the devastating impact of joblessness around the world,” said Charles M. Sennott, executive director of The GroundTruth Project.

International House New York, the non-profit residential community, and The GroundTruth Project, the non-profit partner of the international news organization, GlobalPost, are bringing together leaders in business, education, government, NGOs – as well as millennials themselves - to discuss solutions to the crisis of global youth unemployment on Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25.

The two-day conference, called Generation Jobless, builds on International House’s long history as a training ground for world leadership. GlobalPost has spearheaded a year-long Special Reports called Generation TBD: despair and opportunities for millenials in an uncertain global economy, reporting on the crisis. (http://www.globalpost.com/special-reports/youth-unemployment-generation-tbd)

“Through the reporting of our 10 teams of millennials, we have chronicled the devastating impact of joblessness around the world,” said Charles M. Sennott, executive director of The GroundTruth Project. “In Nigeria, for example, 80 percent of young people are 15 to 24 are neither in school nor work and many have begun tattooing themselves with the words ‘born throw away.’ These are the very young people who are falling prey to terrorist groups like Boko Haram.”

At the Generation Jobless conference:

  •     Fareed Zakaria (CNN and Washington Post) will frame the problem and how we got here;
  •     CGI, National Urban League, MIT Poverty Action Lab, Education for Employment and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship will identify barriers to entry for young job seekers;
  •     The Mayors of Philadelphia, Detroit and Amsterdam will discuss the ways in which their administrations are attacking the problem;
  •     Employers IBM, JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Starbucks will describe how they find talent, and how young people can ease business pain points;
  •     LinkedIn, Year Up, RTI and the EU will describe new paradigms that are addressing the problem head-on, and can be adapted to make a movement.

On Saturday, a series of workshops will be held exclusively for young adults, to help them navigate the transition from education to employment.

“Every day our students at International House discuss their worries about finding meaningful jobs,” said International House President Calvin Sims. “We assembled the most comprehensive group of leaders we could for ‘Generation Jobless’ to come up with viable solutions for this vexing problem.”

"The problems are profound, but this is also a time of great opportunity and innovation. For many this time of dramatic uncertainty also holds glimmers of hope, a sense that their future is still 'to be determined.’ That's why we called our reporting project 'Generation TBD,'" added Charles M. Sennott, executive director of The GroundTruth Project.

Generation Jobless is supported by JP Morgan Chase, Ford Foundation, and BNY Mellon.

Reporters interested in covering the conference should register here: http://www.ihouse-nyc.org/mediaRSVP

For full conference information, visit the website: http://www.ihouse-nyc.org/genjobless
About the Conveners:

International House (http://www.ihouse-nyc.org)
A non-profit residential and programmatic center, founded by the Rockefeller and Dodge families in 1924, to provide cross cultural learning and training for the next generation of global leaders. The community includes 800 graduate students and scholars from over 100 countries, including one-third from the United States, who are pursuing their academic and professional goals at over 75 institutions of higher learning in the New York City area. The institution’s core values are empathy, leadership and moral courage.

The GroundTruth Project (http://thegroundtruthproject.org)
Dedicated to training a new generation of international correspondents in the digital age and to adding increased knowledge and understanding on issues of social justice including human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, the environment, religious affairs and global health, the project is the nonprofit partner of GlobalPost, an award-winning, online international news organization. GroundTruth has produced a year-long GlobalPost Special Report, titled “Generation TBD: despair and opportunities for millenials in an uncertain global economy.” (http://www.globalpost.com/special-reports/youth-unemployment-generation-tbd Or follow on Tumbler: http://generation-tbd-ground-truth.tumblr.com)

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