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PRESENTATION: USAID Positive Youth Development Mini Training, Sep 2016

USAID

This session, led by USAID will consist of a ‘mini-training’ geared to strengthen basic understanding of Positive Youth Development approaches and how to incorporate these into workforce development project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Participants will also learn about opportunities to take a cross-sectoral approach when designing workforce programs.

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PRESENTATION: Throwing Out the Resume: How a Switch to Competency-Based Hiring Could Help Solve the Youth Unemployment Crisis, Sep 2016

nnovate+Educate, The Rockefeller Foundation

How do we lower the barriers for youth seeking employment? Does the resume really work? How can we shift the ecosystem to looking at skills and competencies, first and foremost? What will this require from employers? Learn more about the partnership between Innovate+Educate and the Rockefeller Foundation, who together are encouraging employers to rethink their core hiring practices and the assessment of competencies in order to drive better and more inclusive outcomes for youth.

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PRESENTATION: There’s more to Agriculture than Handhoes Scaling Up Youth Agrifood Employment in Rwanda and Tanzania, Sep 2016

Michigan State University, Young Volunteers for Environment, Sokoine University of Agriculture,

The supermarket and specialty export revolution has arrived in sub-Saharan Africa, bringing with it diverse employment opportunities from “farm to fork.”  Are youth ready?  This session explores new findings on profound changes in African diets, the dramatic response of local agribusinesses, and the major growth in specialty exports.  It will explore the implications of these rapid changes for youth employment, and how next-gen programs in Tanzania and Rwanda are helping youth address the "practical technical and business skills gap” head on through innovative partnerships with private agribusinesses in Tanzania’s SAGCOT corridor and Rwanda’s coffee districts. 

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PRESENTATION: The Arab Spring, 5 Years Later Supporting a Creative Ecosystem for Youth Entrepreneurship in Tunisia, Sep 2016

Mercy Corps, Hivos

In December 2010, the Tunisian Revolution began in response to dissatisfaction with local government and the lack of equitable economic opportunities. Youth yearning for a voice, equality, and fair employment were at the heart of the revolution and the larger Arab Spring. As a response, Mercy Corps has been supporting young Tunisians in gaining soft and technical skills, as well as accessing new income opportunities. Learn about how Mercy Corps is collaborating with Hivos and the Tunisian government to promote soft skills for entrepreneurship via innovative co-working spaces, gamification techniques, and by partnering with Tunisia’s great minds in ICT, media, and music.  

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PRESENTATION: Introduction to the Maker Lab for Youth Economic Opportunities, Sep 2016

DAI Maker Lab

Young people face a number of critical challenges to access the skills, core competencies and critical thinking needed to reach their full social and economic potential. In parallel, recent years have seen an explosion of new tools, technologies and approaches designed to engage youth. Among these is the Maker Space movement that emphasizes “making” over rote learning, and that draws on new technological materials to expand opportunities for young people to learn through firsthand experience.

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PRESENTATION:Digital Accelerators and Workforce Development Can the Likes of LinkedIn Drive Development Impact, Sep 2016

RTI International, LinkedIn for Good, Accenture

The World Bank’s 2016 World Development Report, “Digital Dividends,” takes on the question of digital impact on development. The report concludes that, “Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—that is, the broader development benefits from using these technologies have lagged behind. In many instances, digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery.

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PRESENTATION: Adaptive Programming for Gender Transformative Youth Empowerment in the New Global Economy a New Holistic Approach in the Making, Oct 2016

CARE

Much of the focus of youth economic empowerment has been on older/out-of-school youth. CARE's newly launched adolescent empowerment work redefines what we mean by “economic empowerment” by focusing on in-school adolescents and tailoring approaches to adolescents including facilitating reflective dialogues to redress gender norms that hinder adolescent empowerment.

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Workforce Connections Community of Practice: The Challenge of "Soft Skills" Measurement: Toward a Common Approach

Workforce Connections, FHI 360

There is widespread agreement among employers, international donors and youth development practitioners that “soft skills” (e.g. communications, teamwork, and problem-solving), are important for successful transition into adulthood and for success in the workplace. Research carried out in the US has highlighted the importance of noncognitive skills or character traits such as conscientiousness, self-regulation and perseverance on long-term success in education and in wages.

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Beyond the Muddle: What are Soft Skills or Workplace Competencies?

Workforce Connections, Child Trends, FHI 360

This presentation, presented by ChildTrends at Making Cents International's Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, addresses Workforce Connection's research around the types of soft skills and character traits most relevant for positive youth development and success for employability. A significant activity in Workforce Connection has been to carry out research and build consensus around the types of soft skills and character traits that are most relevant for positive youth development and for success for employability or career/livelihood success. 

 

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Advancing Labor Market Assessments (LMA): PowerPoint Presentation

Workforce Connections

At its Advancing Labor Market Assessments event, held November 25, 2014, Workforce Connections presented: an inventory of existing tools and methods identified to date, a proposed decision tree for labor market analysis, and a summary of new “open source” tools currently in development. Speakers included Bryanna Mills, Eleanor Sohnen and Lara Goldmark.

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