Power of Mentorship

Report summary

The business challenge of finding and keeping the best talent and the myriad of systemic issues impacting young people between the ages of 16-24 that are both out of school and out of work present an unlikely win-win situation for businesses operating in communities full of untapped potential. Young adults not working or in school are widely considered “opportunity youth” because they represent more than five million of America’s future talent that has not been exposed to the viable resources necessary for success in the workplace. This staggering reality coupled with the fact that the number one problem on the horizon for businesses is the spiked turnover of new talent, poses a challenge for advocates, practitioners, and policy makers alike – identifying ways to support the successful transition and progression of opportunity youth in the workplace. It is clear that mentorship is more than an act of kindness but instead a key solution for strengthening the talent pipeline for businesses and empowering the next generation of leaders.

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