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


Lost Tax Revenue


Increased Crime


Increased Health Costs


Increased Benefits & Social Services


Less Education Costs




= $900 MILLION

each year in Cuyahoga County


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