Cowen Institute gets national shout-out

June 5, 2012 5:41 AM

New Wave staff

The White House Council for Community Solutions has identified the Reconnecting Opportunity Youth initiative of the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University as a promising strategy aimed at making a difference for disconnected and at-risk youth.

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The White House Council for Community Solutions spotlights the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane for its new effort to support “opportunity youth.” (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

The White House Council gave the shout-out at a summit on community solutions for disconnected youth on Monday (June 4) in Washington, D.C., sharing creative approaches that are already making an impact. The council presented a report that recommends community solutions.

While these young people are commonly referred to as “disconnected youth,” the council identifies them as “opportunity youth” because of the untapped potential they offer. The report states that at least 6.7 million young people aged 16-24 are unemployed and not in school in the United States.

As part of the Reconnecting Opportunity Youth initiative, the Cowen Institute, with support from AT&T Louisiana, is informing the New Orleans community about the magnitude and implications of disconnected youth, assessing services that are currently available to struggling youth in the greater New Orleans area, and analyzing strategies that enable them to reach their potential and contribute to their community.

The Cowen Institute will take its findings and present a community action plan later this summer, with the intention to initiate a multisector collaborative to address the problem and to increase the number of young New Orleanians who are prepared for college, careers and civic engagement.

Established by President Barack Obama in 2010, the White House Council for Community Solutions has worked to identify, promote and maximize the impact of cross-sector community initiatives that engage all citizens to help solve the nation’s most pressing problems.



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