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School, Work and the Transition of Puerto Rican Youth to Adulthood

School, Work and the Transition of Puerto Rican Youth to Adulthood

Edwin Meléndez

The purpose of this study is to present a statistical profile of Puerto Rican youth ages 16 to 24 not at school or work, commonly referred to as “disconnected  youth” in the academic literature and popular media. Nationally, research on disconnected youth tends to paint a profile of a population that is largely African American, male, and low-income. However, as other research has shown, and as our analysis confirms, Latinos and particularly Puerto Ricans have as high an incidence of not being at work or school as African Americans, and for Puerto Ricans these rates are higher than for other Latinos.

School, Work and the Transition of Puerto Rican Youth to Adulthood

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