But there is another demographic of young people for whom the holidays are not something they look forward to with joy, so much as something they muddle through as best they can. They are America's "disconnected youth," young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor employed full time and who lack the education, job training, essential life skills, family and financial support necessary to make their way in the world. Many of them come from foster care. Many come from broken homes and ineffective social systems. In the United States there are nearly 6 million such young adults. In Maryland alone, there are more than 20,000.