Estimated annual burden per disengaged youth

Youth who are disconnected from school and the workforce cost all of us. Opportunity Youth refers to individuals ages 16-24 who aren’t working or in school. One out of every 7 people aged 16-24 in Cuyahoga County are Opportunity Youth.

Lost Earnings

$11,000

Lost Tax Revenue

$3,500

Increased Crime

$31,000

Increased Health Costs

$2,500

Increased Benefits & Social Services

$1,000

Less Education Costs

($5,000)

ANNUAL TOTAL

$44,000

= $900 MILLION

each year in Cuyahoga County

Source(s):

Data Source: The Center for Community Solutions “$44,000 question: examining disengaged youth in Cuyahoga County”