CHALLENGE: School Enterprise Challenge 2016, April 2016

School Enterprise Challenge

The School Enterprise Challenge is a student-led, business start-up awards programme for schools around the world. This free programme guides and supports teachers and students to set up real school businesses. Students develop essential skills in business and entrepreneurship in a practical, fun and innovative way. The programme helps schools generate extra income for their school, or a social cause of their choice.

BLOG: Empowering Young People Will Build a Better World, April 2016

Skoll Foundation

Education systems worldwide are facing criticism for failing to prepare children to face the challenges of the modern world, through an over-emphasis on repetitive learning and exam preparation. In this context we call for new learning ecosystems that empower young people to shape the future that they want, rather than only reacting to it. In the UK, the social enterprise Bite the Ballot is kick-starting a movement to engage young people in democracy by identifying and removing barriers that prevent them from taking an active role in politics. 

SYMPOSIUM: 3rd ASEAN Youth Symposium 2016 in Malaysia, May 2-6, 2016

The Indonesian Youth Leaders Association (IYLA), ASEAN Youth Leaders Association (AYLA), Global Network Club, FASS UM
May 2, 2016 (All day) to May 6, 2016 (All day)

The Indonesian Youth Leaders Association (IYLA), ASEAN Youth Leaders Association (AYLA) and Global Network Club, FASS UM are proud to bring you the 3rd ASEAN Youth Symposium 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 02-06, 2016. Come join us bringing ASEAN to the Best Future.

BLOG: Tunisia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – Why Youth and Tech are Vital Elements, April 2016

Next Billion

In February, The New York Times reported on the state of joblessness and resulting desperation among educated young people in rural Tunisia. This was the same demographic that protested in 2010, overthrowing the Ben Ali regime and sparking the Arab Spring. Five years on, an arid employment landscape (62.3 percent of college graduates are without work, as are 37.6 percent of young people) have fueled renewed protests. And yet, despite promises from the current government, jobs have not arrived. The article ends with the mayor of provincial Kasserine lamenting silence from the capital: “No one comes here to trace a vision for the region.” 

BLOG:Africa’s Economic Growth is Dependent on Youth, March 2016

The World Post

Economic growth reaches most people through employment income, so Africa’s challenge is to ensure that economic growth translates into the stable wage-paying jobs that are key to the continued expansion of the consuming class. Africa has begun to create the wage paying jobs that are necessary to meet the expanding youth labour pool yet according to a McKinsey report “despite the creation of 37 million new and steady salary-paying jobs over the past era, only 28 percent of Africa’s labour force holds such positions. In its place, around 63 percent of the total labour force participates in some form of self-employment, such as subsistence farming or city peddling.

CONFERENCE: SOCAP, September 13-16, 2016

Social Capital Markets
Sep 13, 2016 (All day) to Sep 16, 2016 (All day)

SOCAP16 is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise.  Held in San Francisco, September 13-16, SOCAP16 will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes. The start & end times stated here will change.  Please check your email for updated information about the schedule.  Once it is live, our online platform socap16.pathable.com will have the most up-to-date information.

BLOG: Young Entrepreneur in Indonesia Does Good to Do Good Business, March 2016

International Youth Foundation

I am talking human resources with Deddy Dermawanto in the young business owner’s office in Bekasi, a densely populated suburb of Jakarta. In here, away from the city’s noise and traffic, the walls are covered in certificates; a few awards stand on a shelf in the corner. Deddy, a successful past participant in IYF’s Young Entrepreneurs Start-Up (YES) initiative, points out a few. The one he is most proud of dates from 2013, when he was a finalist in the category of most creative business by a college student.

BLOG: Farming in Sneakers: Changing Youth Views on Ag for Empowered, and Exciting, Employment, March 2016


“Youth are the strength of a nation.” Says Monalisa Mbise, participant in SNV’s Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) program in Tanzania. When observing the power and potential of youth, it’s hard to face that worldwide 74 million young people are unemployed. In the countries where OYE operates, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Mozambique, unemployment rates for youth are 2 to 3 times higher than those for adults, with an even higher rate of unemployment among young women.

BLOG: The Pivot to Yes: Positive Youth Development and Our Agriculture Program in Liberia, March 2016

Making Cents International

Positive Youth Development (PYD) is recognized as a paradigm shift for international programs. This approach pivots youth programs fixated on “No”—don’t leave school, don’t have risky sex, don’t join a criminal gang—toward activities that strengthen youth competencies and assets and support positive life choices. Important components of these affirming youth programs are a strong sense of belonging for youth and supportive relationships with peers and adults in their communities.

REPORT: Toward Solutions for Youth Employment:2015 Baseline Report, March 2016

Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE)

This report shows the current responses to youth employment issues are disproportionate and disjointed, and all too often ill informed. Without a renewed sense of purpose and action from us all, our good intentions outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will ultimately wither—and a generation will be lost. However, this report notes that—for the first time—we have clear evidence that investments in youth employment pay off. 

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