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Ever since I can remember, my parents always told me who I was. On Sundays, my mother, Mrs. Hortena Richmond, would sit me down on my parents' bed and we would discuss how many aunts, uncles, and cousins I had. I would say their names and count them using both hands. Also on Sundays, my dad, Mr. Dennis Richmond, Sr., would sit me in the living room, play music from the 1970s, and show me a very old photo album. It was about 50 years old in the early 2000s. I distinctly remember him showing me a picture and saying, “This is your grandmother when she was 16, that’s her mother, that’s her mother.” That picture was a family photo from 1955.

Unbeknownst to me, I was learning not only my family history, but black history. Black History Month began as “Negro History Week” during the Harlem Renaissance in 1926. Historian Carter G. Woodson started the annual February observance to celebrate the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. It would not be until 50 years later, during the United States Bicentennial, that President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month.
These days, based on my experience, black history and Black History Month are subjects that some black people love to discuss and some black people would rather avoid. In my opinion, a lot of young adults of color are not motivated because of two reasons: they don’t know their history and they are less affected by direct racism than their parents and grandparents.
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Young African Americans must maintain ties to black history: View

​by Dennis Richmond, Jr.

Video View by Dennis Richmond Jr. of Yonkers about the importance of Black History Month. Wochit

Young Adult Leaders (ages 18 to about 35) can find support through resources, events, and special ministries targeted to the rising leadership of the Catholic Church. Connect to other young adults nationally and worldwide.

Most disconnected youth—those neither working nor in school—have a high school diploma

About 15 percent of all young people, or 4.7 million, fall into the category of disconnected or opportunity youth, meaning they aren’t in school and don’t have a job. Half of this not-working/not-in-school group has a high school diploma, and nearly 20 percent has taken some college courses but did not earn a degree. About 25 percent did not finish high school. Young people disconnected from school and work have received a great deal of policy and program interest as of late, and deservedly so: they face a number of roadblocks on the path to adulthood and successful careers.

One in three young adults go to work rather than school, but few have college degrees

However, larger numbers of the not-in-school group are working: 33 percent of all young adults, or about 10 million. Although these young people are connected to the labor market, not all connections are equal.

​Career advancement prospects are limited for workers with low levels of education, and the data are not promising on this front: only one in five of the working/not-in-school group has an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. The largest share of the working/not-in-school group (nearly half, or 42 percent) has only a high school diploma; another ten percent has less than a high school education.Full story...

Young Adult Leaders

However, while the message about the importance of a college education is clear, the path is not always smooth. More education means more transitions—enrolling in a college or training program that’s affordable and a good fit, completing the program to earn a degree or credential, and then starting a career. Transitions are a time of promise but also vulnerability.

In this blog post, we look at 18-24 year-olds who are not enrolled in school to get a rough measure of how well young people are navigating these transitions. Almost half (48 percent) of all young people, about 15 million, are not in school. Some of them have graduated from high school or college, but many appear to have decided they were finished, to borrow Kanye West’s phrasing.

Millions of young adults have entered the workforce with no more than a high school diploma

By Martha Ross and Nicole Bateman

​Education beyond high school is critical to advancing beyond low-wage jobs, as reams of data and experience have shown. Those with only a high school diploma have higher unemployment rates and lower earnings than their counterparts with more education.

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