The GroundTruth Project and GlobalPost present "Generation T.B.D.," a global exploration of the youth unemployment crisis.

Follow the journeys of 21 young journalists reporting from 11 countries on youth unemployment.

How Youngstown, Ohio became a poster child for post-industrial America

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Ken Bowman joins the line for a free lunch in the Youngstown Salvation Army canteen, just like he does every Friday.

Looking younger than his 21 years, his hair dyed jet black and wearing big, battered boots, Bowman plays heavy metal on his cell phone. He chooses a seat at the end of a table and sits hunched over his tray, his blues eyes furtively sweeping the room. The others sit in packs, regulars who’ve formed lunchtime friendships over their burnt coffee and peppered corn, discussing the jobs they once had and the government benefits they no longer get.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/140811/youngstown-ohio-post-industrial-generation-tbd

Countries with the lowest and highest youth unemployment rates.
Countries with the lowest and highest youth unemployment rates.

Countries with the lowest and highest youth unemployment rates.

Reporting begins for our reporting team in Bosnia, Velma Saric and Elizabeth Herman. Photos by Elizabeth D. Herman