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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi took a break from his worldwide concerts to engage in a different kind of tour — listening to the concerns of young people across the United States.
The rocker visited a youth services center in New Jersey’s largest city on Monday as the final stop on a “listening tour with disengaged youth,” which previously made stops in New Orleans, Atlanta and Houston.
The initiative is part of the New Jersey native’s role as a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, which is looking at successful youth programs that can be replicated.
“I’m a big believer in the youth,” Bon Jovi said. “And this was an opportunity to be heard, while I was listening.”
The council plans to report its findings and recommendations to the Obama administration, which cites the statistic that less than half of young Americans have the education, skill and training to compete in the workforce by age 25.
Participants in the Newark session told Bon Jovi that jobs, a lack of mentors for young people and bullying were among their top concerns.
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