Many young people in the United States today—the workforce of tomorrow—are unprepared to contribute to or succeed in today’s economy. As a society, we are inadequately preparing young people to successfully transition to higher education or work. This crisis threatens our nation’s ability to compete in a rapidly changing and competitive global economy. This brief highlights some proven strategies to increase opportunities for young Americans and transition youth toward work, education, and training. It also recommends a youth program, Promoting Self-Sufficiency for Youth through Employment and Training Initiative.