The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is a global convening that brings together 500+ leading stakeholders from 55 countries to connect, exchange, and collaborate. Now in its 11th year, the Summit is the largest convening of its kind in North America for the youth economic opportunities community.
The advancement of women’s rights and economic empowerment in market systems contributes to the economic well-being of families, communities, and nations. Increasingly, stakeholders from the public and private sectors as well as civil society members are raising their voices on women’s economic empowerment.
Andrew Baird, Program Director, Workforce and Economic Opportunities, RTI International
“Community of Practice” is a term of art, not science. Many times these networks are deemed to exist, but are far from communal and not grounded in practice. In my career, I learned that you know a Community of Practice when you see one, even if it is sometimes hard to articulate why it's one. While at Making Cents International in 2006, we knew we did not see such a community in the youth economic opportunities space. There were communities built around financial inclusion, education, and entrepreneurship, but most did not focus on youth and few took a holistic view.
A Good Job means equality. A Good Job means opportunity. A good job means excitement. A Good Job means sustainability. These are just a few of the descriptions of a “Good Job” that we heard from youth and others in attendance at last October’s launch event for Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) coalition.
It was at this event that S4YE unveiled a vision for a world where all youth have access to work opportunities that empower them to escape poverty, thus boosting shared prosperity worldwide. An urgent challenge. A massive opportunity.
Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University
Author Bio: Joshua Schoop is a Social Innovation Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University. Joshua studies ecosystems to foster youth development and entrepreneurship. He completed his PhD at the Payson Center for International Development in 2014. This blog post discusses Dr. Schoop’s recent research that investigated the inner workings of an innovative urban youth leadership program.
In collaboration and with the support of the Citi Foundation, Making Cents International brought together an expert stakeholder group to discuss challenges and opportunities at the nexus of urbanization and youth economic opportunity development.