LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – According to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, Clark County has one of the highest totals of “disconnected youth.”

The club says more than 17 percent, 42,000, of county teens and young adults between the ages of 16-24 are considered part of the population because they are not employed or seeking additional education.

The local Workforce Development Board and the Disconnected Youth Coalition aims to reduce the number by half during the next five years with the new Launch Pad Career Center at Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.

According to officials, the Launch Pad Career Center could help youth identify and prepare post-high school pathways that fit best for their interest, abilities and passions while bridging the gap between them and employers.

“Investing in our youth’s future is paramount, especially as we confront the staggering statistics of disconnected youth in our community,” said Andy Bischel, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. “The Launch Pad Career Center represents not just a facility, but a beacon of hope and opportunity for our young people, bridging the gap between ambition and achievement while addressing the pressing needs of our local workforce.”

The program is said to be available to throughout the valley at 13 Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.

A physical Launch Pad Career Center is said to be located at the Donald W. Reynolds Club and Andre Agassi Club, and one mobile command station will rotate among the other 11 Clubs.

More information on the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada can be found here.


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