Although youth disconnection tends to be considered an urban affliction, a 2017 Stateline analysis found higher shares of disconnected youth since 2011 in rural areas.
Alternative education and youth programs like YouthBuild receive guidance from the U.S. Education and Labor departments or the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Rural Areas Hope to Get More From National Service Programs Quick View Rural Areas Hope to Get More From National Service Programs Limited housing, transportation make rural areas less attractive to participants.
For example, the Work Innovation Opportunity Act of 2014, or WIOA, requires youth service programs to spend 20% of their budgets on youth work experiences.
“Ideally [the Department of Labor] would be offering some flexibility on getting out from under a requirement like that,” said Thomas Showalter, executive director of the National Youth Employment Coalition.