Youth and the Future: The General Report of the American Youth Commission

Youth and the Future: The General Report of the American Youth Commission

Youth and the Future: The General Report of the American Youth Commission

Youth and the Future: The General Report of the American Youth Commission

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It IS the purpose of the American Youth Commission in this report to set forth a program in regard to youth--a program based on the experience of the past, adjusted to the harsh realities of the present, and adequate to foreseeable needs of the future.

This has not been an easy time to prepare such a report. When the members of this Commission began their term of service, the future seemed obscure. It is less predictable now. Yet the task of planning for youth and the future must be faced.

The Commission was appointed in 1935, and found its origin in the circumstances of the period. Thousands of youth were roaming the country as destitute young tramps. High schools in almost every community were swamped with sudden increases in enrollment at a time when school taxes often remained unpaid and school budgets were being drastically cut. No one knew exactly what was happening to the millions of oncoming youth who were unable to remain in school, yet it was obvious that they were not moving smoothly into employment.

As the major social institution dealing directly with masses of youth, the schools could not avoid becoming aware of the impact on young people of the forces let loose by the depression. It was thus natural that the emerging "youth problem" first received extensive attention . . .

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