Brookings Data Now: 238 Million Youth Live in Poverty

In this edition of Brookings Data Now: many youth around the world face poverty; many others face challenges with literacy; thousands apply for DACA in U.S. cities; youth entering the African labor market at a brisk rate.

238 million

Young people around the world live in poverty.

To date, 122 governments around the world have adopted policies that focus on the enhancement of youth development.

25 million

Youth around the world are unable to read.

Nearly 30 million adolescents are not employed and 20 percent of youth around the world struggle with mental health conditions.


Applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles.

The DACA applicants in Los Angeles make up 13 percent of DACA applicants nationwide.

10-12 million

Sub-Saharan African youth enter the labor market each year.

Kenya’s Jua Kali Voucher Program subsidizes 90 percent of job-training expenses at specialized training centers for unemployed, eligible individuals many of whom are youth.

Elina Saxena contributed to this post.