Growing up has a lot of firsts: first dance, first day of high school, and first job.
The work that young people do often defines their role in the world. The forces that shape the work world–be they market, laws, or societal trends–can determine a teen’s future.
We’ve gathered our best reporting on the impact that employment issues have on youth here. Dive into stories of opportunities found… and lost.
This coverage is funded in part by the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, which is preparing young people in the U.S. and around the globe for today’s competitive job market.
Employment and Jobs
The fashion industry squares off against a legion of Gen Zers with webcams.
As sexual harassment revelations break out across the country, #MeToo continues to be in the headlines. But what’s at stake for young women entering the workplace?
After having my life completely structured for 18 years, it’s up to me now.
It took more than a year for my DACA to be processed and approved. Now I fear that I’ll have to quit my job before I even begin my first day.
It’s always awkward when kids I know come in as customers. The underlying context is clear: Instead of being out having a good time on a Saturday night, I’m at work, serving them.
Jobs are hard to come by in Appalachia, and chances are slim that I can stay here and be successful at the same time.
I’ve been interning at a tech company that makes mobile apps. Being young, black and Muslim, it’s a little intimidating working in a place without many people of color.
I like the sounds of the fields, hearing people speaking Spanish and the radio blasting ranchera tunes. It sounds like my childhood.
It seems like everyone is talking about how more women need to go into technical careers. For a while I considered studying computer science. But I found myself craving something more tangible.
For many companies, the challenge goes beyond recruiting new female tech talent — the trick is retaining them.
Two undocumented teens: One lives in a sanctuary city, and one does not. In paired essays, they describe how a sanctuary state would change their lives.
My family has always been economically vulnerable — something a recent survey, called GenForward, from the University of Chicago, says is common among black and Latino youth.