Monday, March 22, 2010


No, not Steve.

I'm talking about the desperate need for jobs for young Americans.

Sitting in LA with my daughter, who's a second year student at architecture graduate school, the stories I heard about her friends and fellow students are only a tiny--and even privileged--microcosm of the jobs crisis that's afflicting a whole generation of young, talented and deeply frustrated Americans.

Young students who've completed a rigorous program of education in architecture and design, only to discover there are no jobs in their field.

They're deeply in debt, having borrowed to get their education, and now no one needs them for what they've gone to school.

When they send out job applications to work at retail, or on a loading dock, or anyplace to earn money to pay back their student loans, they get rejected . . . because they're overqualified.

I heard stories of young graduates taking off for foreign jobs and leaving behind families; stories of young graduates who can't pay their rent; stories of young graduates who are desperate for any kind of work--a dust bowl for white collar graduates with master's degrees.

Now that health care reform is about to become the law of the land, the next step is work--and not just any work, but work that puts this young and talented generation into jobs that will help them design, build, innovate, and grow an American economy that is also desperate: desperate for rejuvenation and revitalization. What these kids have to offer in the way of infrastructure redevelopment, green design, and innovative urban planning is exactly what America needs to put to work, if we're going to be competitive in the future.

Jobs? Yes, we can!

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