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Generation Next: Young Grads Turn to Service Amid Tight Job Market

At community resource centers across the country, young people like Brian Marroquin, a recent graduate of VCU, are deferring their careers to focus on community service. Judy Woodruff examines the trend as part of the Generation Next series.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Now the third of our reports on Generation Next. Judy Woodruff is examining how young people are coping with the recession. Tonight, she focuses on a young man navigating a dream to help others.

  • BRIAN MARROQUIN:

    What are you working on today?

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Normally it's the younger person who takes advice from the older, but that concept is turned on its head at this community resource center in Richmond, Va., and nine others like it around the country.

  • BRIAN MARROQUIN:

    You want to put McDonald's first or you want to keep Salvation Army at the top?

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Twenty-two-year-old Brian Marroquin, in the weeks before he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, was helping 45-year-old Toney Fortune spruce up his resume, the first step to finding a job in this down economy. Ironically, Marroquin himself had to sort out his own job situation just a matter of months ago.

  • BRIAN MARROQUIN:

    Since I was going to put off grad school, my plan was to just find something in the meantime, I guess, that I would enjoy that would be related to political science, my major.

    And I counted on some government job being there. You know, I assumed that they were doing a little bit better than some private-sector jobs. I was a little disappointed, because there was a hiring freeze, across-the-board hiring freeze.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Now, this was a surprise.

  • BRIAN MARROQUIN:

    It was a surprise, and I think I kind of had to readjust pretty quickly right around the winter break, right before I got back to spring semester, and think about what I was going to do after graduation.

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