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Y世代就业7大福星

LISA MOGILANSKI 2012年08月14日

年轻人失业率之高,令人沮丧,但有几位创业先锋,其中大部分同样是年轻人,他们正在采取行动,帮助同龄人重新拥抱希望,创造未来。

    美国年轻一代热情饱满、雄心勃勃,似乎已经迫不及待地想要挑战整个世界。只是,还有一个问题:他们需要一份工作。美国经济低迷,对于年轻人而言,形势尤为严峻。虽然目前的情况比七月份略有好转,但美国劳工统计局(Bureau of Labor Statistics)的数据显示,16 - 19岁人群的失业率仍然高达23.8%,而20- 24岁年轻人的失业率也达到了13.5%。结果,千禧一代的长期收入潜力和职业探索机会前景不妙。年轻人就业形势要有所好转或许还要等上很长一段时间,但一批勇于进取的创业者却拒绝绝望。为了帮助千禧一代站稳脚跟,他们正在采取行动。

    Bright-eyed and ambitious, America's younger set may feel ready to take on the world. There's just one hitch: they need jobs. The economy has been especially rough for Gen Y. And while the picture looks prettier than it did last July, the unemployment rate is still 23.8% for 16 to 19-year-olds and 13.5% for 20 to 24-year-olds, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a result, Millennials' long-term earning potential and opportunity for career exploration is suffering. It may be a long time until youth employment stats are sunny, but a few enterprising people refuse to grow disillusioned. Here's what they're doing to help Millennials get on their feet.

马修•西格尔与贾勒特•莫雷诺:倡导公益服务

机构:OUR TIME

    对于年轻人失业问题,似乎不可能有能万能的解决方案,但同是26岁的马修•西格尔和贾勒特•莫雷诺却认为,他们有一个“显而易见的方案”,能起到一定作用。OUR TIME是一家非营利机构,为了增加一百万个国民服务工作岗位(主要是美国志愿队),该机构目前正在努力寻求官方支持和资金援助。现在,他们已经获得了约112,000个签名,承诺支持这份事业。他们的最终目标是获得一百万个签名,目前已经完成了约十分之一。西格尔当然不是希望同龄人们去开河挖沟,而是希望他们加入“为美国而教”(Teach for America)、“城市之年”(City Year)和“仁爱之家”( Habitat for Humanity)等组织。西格尔认为,这个项目对纳税人也很有意义:“公共基金和私募基金为国民服务岗位每投入1美元,就能为这个岗位所服务的成员和社区平均产生1.95美元收益。”

    此外,OUR TIME还负责Buy Young的运营。Buy Young是一家在线购物网站,销售的商品都来自30岁以下创业者创办的公司。

Matthew Segal and Jarrett Moreno

Organization: OUR TIME

    There may not be a catchall solution for youth unemployment, but Matthew Segal and Jarrett Moreno, who are both 26, believe they have a "no brainer" that will at least make a dent. Their non-profit, OUR TIME, is trying to galvanize support for the authorization and funding of one million additional jobs in the national service (primarily AmeriCorps). So far, they've gotten about 112,000 signatures to support the cause, about one-tenth of the way to their million-signature goal. Segal doesn't envision young people digging ditches, per se -- he envisions them joining programs like Teach for America, City Year, and Habitat for Humanity. Segal argues that the project makes sense for taxpayers: "For every dollar of public and private funds invested in service positions, an average of $1.95 in benefits is generated for the members and communities served."

    OUR TIME also operates Buy Young, an online marketplace that lets users purchase items from businesses run by entrepreneurs under 30.

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