What’s wrong with young American workers? Nothing, says Scott Gerber, and he wants to get the word out.
Gerber and the nonprofit he launched two years ago, Young Entrepreneur Council, Monday launched a campaign to raise money to print “#FixYoungAmerica,” a compilation of essays written by nonprofit founders, philanthropists, educators and entrepreneurs to show that entrepreneurship “is creating the new means of employment,’’ says Gerber. He wants the media and politicians to read dozens of ideas that are helping 20-to-30-somethings, recent grads, young veterans and other folks who are unemployed or under-employed get to work.
“I believe youth unemployment is an opportunity, not just a catastrophic epidemic,” says Gerber, who started his first business as a student at New York University. “The jobs of yesteryear are not coming back. If we don’t find ways to innovate on hyper-local levels, I believe we are going to become a lost generation, and I don’t believe we have to.’’
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