RDI Youth Retention Knowledge Brief

Youth retention is broad, relating to workforce development, community engagement, assets and amenities, social programming, and so on. It is important to go beyond jobs. While jobs and education are critical, youth will only remain or return if a rural area is attractive. Creating not only job opportunities, but an engaged community – a community that has engaged youth before they leave – is crucial. Areas with strong civic engagement, civic welfare, and social capital are shown to retain higher proportions of their populations.

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