Roughly 45% of young adults between the ages of 18-24 are currently jobless. That doesn’t mean they all want jobs. Officially, the jobless rate is a little over 16% which means that roughly 30% of young adults aren’t looking for a job for a variety of reasons. (In school, don’t need to work, ineligible to work, incarcerated, don’t want to work, etc.)
To me, 45% of 18-24 year olds not working is a problem. That’s bad news for young adults any way you slice it.
And where I see bad news I long to see the impact of Good News.
And I think this is a problem the collective “we of youth ministry” could make a dent in.
Is it impossible to think of your ministry or small business intentionally hiring 2-3 young adults this summer? Not at all.
Here’s are some ideas I suggested 12 months ago on the Youth Specialties blog. They are just as plausible today as a year ago:
A quick resource assessment will likely reveal that your church may be prepared to provide some good news to the students in your youth group.
- You have access to the business community.
- You likely have access to a building, largely left empty during business hours during the summer months.
- You likely already have adults in your church who are ministering to 15-19 year olds, are passionate, and desire to be a practical resource for them.
- You already love 15-19 year olds and want to reach more.
- Your community has a virtually unlimited supply of children in need of free or affordable childcare.
By now, you’ve put it all together. One solution to the employment crisis of teenagers in your community could be for you to hire them.
Summer employment that provides a simple child care service is just one quick idea. 30 minutes with your team and I bet you could brainstorm 5 more ideas.
My own personal dream for my business? Both The Youth Cartel and McLane Creative are at places where our ability to grow is directly tied to hiring people. I’m trying to figure out ways to hire young adults to help me grow my business. Yes, I want to grow these businesses… But I also want how I grow these businesses in a way that reflects this value. It’s not the easiest way to grow. It’s not the most profitable. But it’s the way of growing I aspire towards.