Young People

America’s experiment with the debt-for-diploma system has officially failed. Total student loan debt in the U.S. now tops $1 trillion – an unprecedented sum that represents the unprecedented obstacles students and recent graduates face in their pursuit of the American Dream. Over the last several...
04/25/2012
Publication
For those who make the investment, college graduation is supposed to signify the transition from training for life to living it. But for many young adults in the class of 2012, this year’s ceremony will be more like an anticlimax. According to a new analysis of government data by the...
04/25/2012
News/Resource
David Callahan spoke with Michael Krasny on KQED’s Forum about student-generated attendance fraud at Berkeley High School and his book The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead. 
04/25/2012
Audio
In these tough times, young people need to go to college - not because it pays so much, but because high school graduates earn so much less, said Tamara Draut, vice president of Demos, the think tank. Economists calculate that a college graduate makes about $1 million more in a lifetime than a high...
04/10/2012
News/Resource
The 120,000 jobs added in the month of March present the weakest job growth since October 2011, delighting those who would prefer that Americans remain out of work until the elections in November, and confounding economists who fear that the unseasonably warm winter interfered with data analysis....
04/09/2012
Blog
New York— America’s future middle class is in peril, with state investment in public higher education plummeting over the past two decades leaving students and their families to pick up the slack.  A just released report by public policy center Demos provides a new analysis of the Grapevine...
04/09/2012
Press Release
Distinguished Senior Fellow Bob Herbert appeared on CNN's "Your Money" to discuss the likelihood America will recover from the Great Recession anytime soon. He explains that we are failing future generations by not investing in America, making the nation a "can't do society" with lower opportunity...
04/04/2012
Video
Senior Fellow Rich Benjamin appeared on FOX News' "The O'Reilly Factor" to debate the killing of Trayvon Martin. Benjamin defended public outcries for further investigation into the case, explaining that Martin was murdered in "cold blood" at the hands of a man who was advised by the police to not...
04/04/2012
Video
Labor force participation still remains several percentage points below its pre-recession levels, indicating plenty of unused productive capacity among young adults.  For 25 to 34-year-olds the labor force participation rate held steady in February at 81.8 percent, higher than any time in 2011...
03/09/2012
Data Byte
NEW YORK— Yesterday the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released grim findings about the student debt crisis across the nation. According to the these findings, the total outstanding student loan balance now stands at about $870 billion, and as many as 47 percent of student loan borrowers appear...
03/06/2012
Press Release
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