Measure of America’s newest report on youth disconnection in America, More Than a Million Reasons for Hope,1 shows that in 2016, a total of 11.7 percent of young Americans were disconnected, an improvement from the 2015 rate of 12.3 percent, and a 20 percent decrease from the 2010 peak rate of 14.7 percent, in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Yet 4.6 million young people remain out of work and out of school.
Becky Ofrane, senior program manager, coordinates various projects at Measure of America, particularly related to public health impacts, strategy, and stakeholder management. She previously served as Children’s Environmental Health Coordinator at the US EPA, with a focus on toxic chemicals policy, environmental health impacts from the built environment, human health risk assessment, and public-private partnerships. She brings a public health perspective to social, environmental, and economic spheres. Ofrane has a BS in biochemical engineering from Rutgers University and an MPH in environmental health and toxicology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.