On Monday, Axios reported that “nearly 1 in 5 Americans are struggling with opioid addiction,” a number that has surged since the opioid crisis hit the United States in 2016.
Many of those people are millennials and are finding it increasingly difficult to find mentors and role models.
Many young adults are struggling financially and are not yet able to get an education or employment, according to a report by the nonprofit Catalyst Network, a non-profit that aims to help young people develop financial independence.
The network has partnered with Axios to compile a guide on the health and economic issues facing millennials in the country, and the group has set up a “teach-in” at Harvard’s Tuck School of Business that is open to all interested members.
The first stop on the train, according the Axios article, is the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which offers a program for students from low-income families to get their education.
But it is not a traditional, accredited program, and it does not include the mentoring and guidance needed for successful careers in the field.
Instead, the program offers students a more traditional internship that can last for two to four weeks and is focused on building the student’s academic skills, networking, and self-confidence.
In the lead-up to the Harvard teach-in, the Harvard Tuck Program is looking for mentors who will help young students develop and improve their skills in a variety of areas, including how to build and manage their professional network, how to work collaboratively, how best to communicate, and how to find support in a wide variety of social, academic, and career contexts.
The students will receive two weeks of training and a “work-in-progress” assignment to work on projects on a project with one of the program’s mentors.
The work is designed to provide them with a foundation in how to develop and maintain their career-ready skills and provide them a safe place to work with other students and mentors, said Rachel Sonderman, the Tuck program’s program director.
For some young people, that is a significant step.
But for others, like one student, who was living with an opioid addiction, the experience has been difficult.
He said he has struggled with finding a mentor to mentor him through his addiction and has been forced to “go back to school” to find a new mentor.
The Harvard program is not the only program that is looking to help those struggling with addiction.
The nonprofit Beyond Pivot launched in January a “health network” that is aimed at providing peer support for young people.
While the network is not accredited, its aim is to create a safe space for students to connect with peers, who are in a similar situation, said Sarah DeMent, Beyond Pivot’s director of programs and partnerships.
She said Beyond Povts goal is to give students an opportunity to build connections and “have conversations about life.”
But for DeMeng, the goal is not to provide an alternative to peer support but to give young people a safe, supportive environment to come together and work toward a goal, she said.
“We don’t ask them to go back to college and get a degree, but we don’t just want them to be good students, but to have skills and skillsets to build careers and be able to move on,” she said, adding that Beyond Pevots goal is “to be able for them to become the people they want to become.”
The Harvard Tucker School of Management is partnering with Beyond Pivo to create the mentorship program.
But students are also welcome to attend the teach-ins, and students are encouraged to attend any one of three other teach-outs planned for next month.
“If you’re ready to learn, we want you to be ready to teach,” DeMen said.
“We’re going to keep the focus on the work that needs to be done.
If you want to talk about your job and what you’re passionate about, that’s fine.
If we can talk about the challenges you have and what your experience has shown you, we can share that.”
The Axios report highlighted some of the challenges young people are having in accessing health and career support, including a high rate of opioid addiction.
Nearly 10 percent of Americans are currently addicted to opioid medications, and those are up from less than 1 percent in 2017.
More than 6 million Americans, or about 4.6 percent, are currently homeless, according a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“There’s so much to learn about this,” DeSonderman said.
The Harvard TUCK program, DeMench added, “is really trying to make sure that young people have a place to learn and that they can have that learning experience.
They can get in touch with a mentor who is trained in this