Special Interest Group on Youth (Un)Employment


The aim of this special interest group is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in youth and employment to share their expertise, support others in the community, and advance their professional work.


  • To provide a forum in which to share research findings and experiences related to youth employment and associated life course constraints and transitions.
  • To disseminate these findings to broader academic, public, and practitioner forums.
  • To facilitate collaboration, both among and between researchers and practitioners.
  • To provide mentorship and support across members’ career stages.
  • To work together to influence service providers and policy makers to improve practice in supporting employment for young workers.

Organizational Structure

  • The Youth Un(Employment) SIG leadership consists of one chair, one secretary, and one membership coordinator.
  • The chair is responsible for providing overall leadership, facilitating communication within the group and between the SIG and the larger WFRN leadership, and supporting various group objectives.
  • The secretary is responsible for posting group information to the WFRN website, hosting the group listserv (or other means of communication), and liaising with the relevant WFRN officer.
  • The membership coordinator is responsible for maintaining a database of members and their areas of interest, encouraging new membership, and taking meeting attendance.
  • All officers will serve for a term of 2 years.
  • The group meets at the biennial Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, with interim virtual meetings scheduled as needed.


Membership is open to all WFRN members. Any restrictions set forth by WFRN apply.


  • Elections for all offices will take place every two years.
  • Nominations will be solicited for all offices.
  • Members can self-nominate.
  • Only members in good standing have voting privileges.


Carrie Shandra, carrie.shandra@stonybrook.edu