- Posted September 20, 2011 by
Collingswood, New Jersey
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Boot camp: Editing your story
Hope of a lost generation - Editing - CNN iReport Boot Camp 2011
I. Introduction of story’s subject: young, unemployed people
a. What is the response of young people to their situation?
i. “I’m hopeful because I see a lot of opportunity [for me], and it’s the only option I have. I don’t want to be hopeless, because then I’ll be stagnant. I need to keep hope in the back of my mind so that I don’t stop moving forward.” – Bridget Coyle
b. What are the national statistics of young people in this position?
i. 9.5% of Americans 25 – 29 are unemployed (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
II. Background of Study by RU Professors
a. What were the results of the study?
i. “Many said if they could go back they would do an internship, start looking for work before graduation, use the guidance center at college, or pick a major where there are more jobs” – Cliff Zukin
b. What are the experts saying about this group?
i. “Psychologists tell us that losing a job is the closest thing to losing a close friend, family member or spouse. In other words, being unemployed is a very significant psychological blow to the average person.” - Carl Van Horn
ii. “[Young people] don’t blame themselves. There’s evidence that shows this generation is more prepared and harder working than previous ones. More and more young people go to college to get a bachelors degree or associates degree than ever before. They’re more grinders than slackers.” - Carl Van Horn
III. How does the subject react to the study/their present condition?
a. “Other people have definitely had it worse. I hope that I will be able to do some challenging work someday. It would be great if everything worked out right now, but if it works out nine months from now, I’ll still be 25. Everything will still be alright.” – Neel Bhuta
b. “I think if we were older, had families and had careers that didn’t work out, the feeling would be different.” – Bridget Coyle
c. “Things are bound to get better. Young people just have to make sure they’re staying sharp enough so that when things do eventually rebound, we’re there to take full advantage of it.” – Neel Bhuta
IV. What do I want to convey?
a. Despite the adverse situation, many young, unemployed people are optimistic.
In a time of economic hardship and financial distress, the nation’s jobless are losing sight of the dreams that once kept them moving forward. But for the young and unemployed, a generation lost in the wake of the Great Recession, holding on to hope is still worth the fight.
“I’m hopeful because I see a lot of opportunity [for me], and it’s the only option I have,” said Bridget Coyle, a 24-year-old recent college graduate. “I don’t want to be hopeless, because then I’ll be stagnant. I need to keep hope in the back of my mind so that I don’t stop moving forward.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 9.5% of Americans between the ages of 25 and 29 are unemployed. These statistics are not unfamiliar to Dr. Carl Van Horn, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University, who studied this population in a recent survey. The study polled college graduates as they entered the labor market and paints a clear picture of the state of unemployment for America’s young people.