More Than Just Pocket Money:
Why the Surge in Youth Unemployment Should Concern Us All
While we've rallied as a nation to make significant – if imperfect – investments in unemployed workers, small businesses, and critical industries during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, we have failed to respond to the immediate needs of young people. Young people – especially those from under-resourced communities and communities of color – have always needed guidance and support as they navigate the complex transition from adolescence to adulthood, and their needs have only grown more complex as the pandemic has disrupted their educational and employment opportunities. Rather than mobilizing to meet their needs, we have cancelled internship programs, scaled back summer job opportunities, and indefinitely paused career awareness and outreach programs, which provide critical sources of income, exposure, and support for youth.
Co-authored with Loh-Sze Leung and Urban Alliance, More Than Just Pocket Money: Why the Surge in Youth Unemployment Should Concern Us All documents how the unprecedented trifecta of a global pandemic, a turbulent economic downturn, and the expansion of the racial justice movement are shaping the prospects of young people, then provides high-level recommendations on opportunities for businesses to shore up supports for this critical source of current and future talent.
Partnering for Equity: How Sector Partnerships Are Tackling Workforce Disparities
Working in partnership with the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the University of Texas at Austin and Dazzie McKelvy of Workforce Matters, Oldmixon Consulting conducted a national survey of 89 sector partnership representatives and interviews with leaders from 13 partnerships that are actively working to address workforce inequities. In Partnering for Equity: How Sector Partnerships Are Tackling Workforce Disparities, the authors report that sector partnerships are experimenting with a broad array of strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workforce, yet in most cases are in the early stages of this work. The report also identifies seven opportunities for sector partnerships, workforce leaders, and funders to further advance race equity. This report was prepared with funds provided by The Annie E. Casey foundation.
Austin Metro Area Master Community Workforce Plan
The strength of a community depends on the people that live in it. With rapidly rising costs of living threatening affordability, many Austinites are being pushed out of the community they love. In response to this crisis, Austin-area workforce development
Central Texas Manufacturing Workforce Study
Working in partnership with the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the University of Texas at Austin, Oldmixon Consulting conducted a survey of and focus group with Central Texas manufacturing leaders to learn more about their skill needs and workforce challenges. The 2017 Central Texas Manufacturing Workforce Study was conducted on behalf of the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association with additional support from City of Austin Economic Development and Workforce Solutions Capital Area.
Greater Washington Works: IT and Health Careers with Promise
Sponsored by the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, an initiative of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and JPMorgan Chase & Co., Greater Washington Works: IT and Health Careers with Promise describes how the Metro Washington region can address the skills gap and lift more of its residents out of poverty through careers in IT and Healthcare. Oldmixon Consulting partnered with Civic Analytics to complete this study.