||From the year 2000 to the year 2009, the number of American older teens and youth ages 15 to 24 will surge by 11%. This age group is "the high impact" youth cohort in its effect on systems of higher education, employment, justice, social order, and social change. This cohort will also increase slightly, from 14% to 14.4%, in proportion to the total population. (U.S. Bureau of the Census, National Population Projections) We can expect increases in demand for educational resources and entry level jobs, among other things. Many youth could find themselves in more crowded classrooms and recreational facilities, face increased competition for access to higher education, and encounter shortfalls in services and entry-level economic opportunities.
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