Curbelo Discusses Youth Educational Barriers at Ways and Means Hearing
Today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) emphasized the barriers that prevent young people, specifically those ages 16 to 24, from achieving success in the American workforce at a Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee hearing that evaluated ways to help vulnerable youth climb the economic ladder.
Curbelo asked panelists Jameela Roland, Gerald Chertavian and Cheryl A. Oldham to provide insight into the mindset of American students on their post-secondary options (0:50), how government policy influences educational messaging (2:38), and what resolutions policymakers can create to expand educational options for youth (3:56).
A transcript of Curbelo’s opening remarks is below. A video of the full exchange is available here.
U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo
Ways and Means Subcommittee on Youth and Young Adults to Break the Cycle of Poverty
May 17, 2017
Representative Carlos Curbelo: “Mr. Chairman, thank you for this opportunity. Thank you for taking the time to focus on the 5.5 million young Americans who are so full of potential, yet have given up hope because they are not employed and are doing nothing to educate themselves to become employable. I think that this is a wonderful opportunity and it says a lot about this subcommittee, about Ways and Means, and about how Republicans and Democrats can work together on this issue.”