Invigorating the Youthforce: Mentorships, Social Capital and Work-based Learning

80% of Gen-Z are unemployed and only 5% say they have had an internship or a part-time job. Moreover, only 38%* have someone who models good work ethic and healthy relationships. Cultivating connectedness is an integral piece of invigorating the youthforce. So why do so few have access to the networks and experiences they need? Many are embracing the challenge. Innovative high school models, like Big Picture Learning, are leveraging practical tools and resources to help youth identify their passions, navigate their options, and get set up for long-term career success. Others, like Christensen Institute and MENTOR National are calling for mentoring practices that contribute to more equitable access to mentors–in and out of the classroom. While others are expanding the opportunity to experience work-based mentorships through critical work-based learning experiences. How do organizations help scale such vital relationships and experiences for young people?