One in Six Million: My Story from the Edge of 'Disconnection"
National Youth Ambassador, Youth Leadership Institute
My name is Torres Hughes and I am a 17-year-old senior at Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA). I know about new research showing that there are 6.7 million "disconnected youth" in the U.S. -- young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in school and are not working. That might have been me -- but it isn't. Here's why.
Two experiences in particular changed my life: through my high school, I am an apprentice in the Beverage Industry Products and Profits program sponsored by Chicago's After School Matters. I am also the Youth Organizer for The Center for Labor and Community Research.