The following is cross-posted from the Economic Policy Institute:
Many young people don’t think Social Security will be there for them when they retire. Coupled with the doubt about Social Security’s longevity is a general apathy toward learning its basic functions and how it operates. Young people are uninformed and therefore misinformed. They do not understand how Social Security works, who it affects, and how it fits into their future plans.
Yet, Social Security is the nation’s most successful anti-poverty program and it remains a fundamental pillar of the American economy — one that is critical to the long-term economic security of today’s young people. The new edition of A Young Person’s Guide to Social Security, released by the Economic Policy Institute and the National Academy of Social Insurance, gives young adults the information they need to participate in debates about Social Security’s future.
The 60-page guide is written by young authors for students and young workers and explains why Social Security is not in grave danger as oft-reported.