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Connecting Youth

What Should We Do to Engage and Sustain Young People Who Are at Risk or Adrift?

Fannie Flono

19 pages
Kettering Foundation Press
America's communities are losing the civic participation, financial contributions, and vital talents of millions of young people every day. More and more young people are dropping out of school and are unable or unwilling to find jobs. These young people are becoming disconnected and disengaged. Too often they drift into a life of crime, violence, and drug abuse. The community and the youths themselves are often unaware of the full impacts of the disengagement.
Author Bio
Fannie Flono is a long-time award-winning journalist who has worked at newspapers throughout the Southeast. She retired in 2014 after 30 years at the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer where she was associate editor and columnist and a member of the Observer’s editorial board. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1999 and the Batten Professor of Public Policy at Davidson College in 2008. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in 2016. She has traveled extensively on fellowships to Europe and Asia, and has received several honors including the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Award. She is the author of the 2006 book, “Thriving in the Shadows,” and has written and edited several issue books for the Kettering Foundation.