New data shows many young Americans aren't workforce ready, crime-free, or military-eligible. Is America in crisis?
A new report, the Citizen-Readiness Index, highlights new data showing that 71 percent of young Americans are struggling to become productive members of society on multiple measures, and outlines concrete steps that policy makers can take to address the citizen readiness problem.
50-state infographic ranks states on citizen readiness
The report also includes a 50-state infographic which ranks states on whether they’re poised to produce “citizen-ready” young adults, meaning workforce-ready, crime-free, and military-eligible. 39 out of 50 states earned an overall grade of C, D or E. Some recent state examples:
National experts shared solutions
On September 13, there was a Capitol Hill briefing moderated by former ABC News Capitol Hill Correspondent John Cochran featured a discussion by national experts on what the next administration can do to ensure that today’s young Americans are citizen ready and prepared to build a strong nation.
- Summer Sanders, Olympic Gold Medalist
- Rear Admiral (Ret.) Robert E. Besal
- Pastor Mark Fuller, Grove City Church of the Nazarene
- Larry Jensen, President & CEO, Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Advisors
- Wyandotte County (Kansas) Sheriff Don Ash
- Rear Admiral (Ret.) Eleanor V. Valentin