Opportunity youth

Youth aged 16-24 neither in school nor employed

Definition: Percent of 16-24 year olds in Massachusetts who are neither in school nor employed.

These youth, often referred to as “disconnected” or “opportunity” youth, may or may not have completed a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) credential. They also may or may not have enrolled in and attended a postsecondary education institution at some point.

This indicator is included in the Preparation & Transitions section of the Condition of Education in the Commonwealth Data Report focusing on a range of learning experiences to ensure college and career readiness. Critical steps include completion of ninth grade coursework and mastery of a rigorous program of study. Steps must also be taken to prevent students from dropping out, as well as to reengage and recover youth disconnected from school and/or employment to ensure future learning and success.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau: American Community Survey; Tabulations prepared by staff at the Boston Private Industry Council

*While comparing indicators, please keep in mind that different data sources use different definitions of student subgroups.