7 Gen-Y employment champions

Youth unemployment may be depressingly high, but so are the hopes of some (mostly) youthful entrepreneurs who think they can help turn Millennials' prospects around.

Bright-eyed and ambitious, America's younger set may feel ready to take on the world. There's just one hitch: they need jobs. The economy has been especially rough for Gen Y. And while the picture looks prettier than it did last July, the unemployment rate is still 23.8% for 16 to 19-year-olds and 13.5% for 20 to 24-year-olds, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a result, Millennials' long-term earning potential and opportunity for career exploration is suffering. It may be a long time until youth employment stats are sunny, but a few enterprising people refuse to grow disillusioned. Here's what they're doing to help Millennials get on their feet.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated August 10 2012 02:20 PM ET
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