NEI aim to amplify the voices of these Marginalized youth in the inner Cities of USA

Our focus on youth from the inner cities of the US is driven by a deep understanding of the challenges faced by over 32 million Americans residing in distressed urban communities. These inner cities, characterized by concentrated poverty and high unemployment rates, often remain overlooked and unheard, despite being critical battlegrounds against poverty.We aim to amplify the voices of these marginalized youth. The statistics reveal a stark reality: inner cities represent 10% of the US population but bear 16% of unemployment, 22% of poverty, and 32% of minority poverty. The foremost challenge is tackling unemployment within these communities. Many individuals lack essential skills, access to job networks, and face barriers due to prior incarceration or drug use.