When educators, human service providers and parents work together on a common goal, amazing things can happen. Since 2009 a multidisciplinary group of individuals has been working collectively on the Genesee County Out-of-School Youth Initiative. Their focus has been developing strategies to ensure that disconnected youth have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, pursue secondary education and enter the workforce.

The Hidden Crisis report sheds light on the group of 16- to 24-year-olds in Genesee County who don’t have diplomas or jobs. While their circumstances are perhaps hidden, their impact in this community is hard felt. This research-based position paper outlines the extent of the disconnected youth challenge in Genesee County. The publication provides data and information validating its findings and conclusions, and offers recommendations for future action.
DISCONNECTED YOUTH RESIDE IN EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN OUR COUNTY. IT IS NOT A WHITE, BLACK OR BROWN PROBLEM; IT IS A PROBLEM THAT AFFECTS ALL OF US.