As we say at Year Up all the time, investing in our young people is not just a matter of economic justice. It's good business sense.
The ABC's are attitude, behavior and communication skills.
When we think about the workplace, people think about hard skills being dominant, but they're not. The employer realizes knowledge will shift quickly, and there's a half-life to knowledge in this world.
At Year Up, our students - low income 18-24 year olds - come to us having already faced substantial obstacles in life. They are not in search of a handout; what they want most of all is the ability to take ownership of their own futures.
One can fall into the 'soft bigotry of low expectations.'