Matthew Segal and Jarrett Moreno
Matthew Segal and Jarrett Moreno
Organization: OUR TIME

There may not be a catchall solution for youth unemployment, but Matthew Segal and Jarrett Moreno, who are both 26, believe they have a "no brainer" that will at least make a dent. Their non-profit, OUR TIME, is trying to galvanize support for the authorization and funding of one million additional jobs in the national service (primarily AmeriCorps). So far, they've gotten about 112,000 signatures to support the cause, about one-tenth of the way to their million-signature goal. Segal doesn't envision young people digging ditches, per se -- he envisions them joining programs like Teach for America, City Year, and Habitat for Humanity. Segal argues that the project makes sense for taxpayers: "For every dollar of public and private funds invested in service positions, an average of $1.95 in benefits is generated for the members and communities served."

OUR TIME also operates Buy Young, an online marketplace that lets users purchase items from businesses run by entrepreneurs under 30.


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