JBS International, Inc.
My name is Matthew French and I work for JBS International, Inc. This blog draws upon research conducted under contract with USAID’s office of Education (read the full youth engagement report here), as well as my own experiences working with young people.
RUHR Economic Papers
This paper provides findings of a small-scale, innovative labor training program that uses expressive arts and theatre as a pedagogical tool. The corresponding life skills training component is combined with a technical component teaching vocational skills. To our knowledge, this is the first paper to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of a training program constructed around expressive arts.
Atlas Corps seeks nonprofit/NGO professionals from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the U.S. Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 6-18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing) and health insurance.
Workforce Connections, FHI 360
The Workforce Connections inventory is an evolving collaborative learning initiative in support of the project’s objective to generate, synthesize, and disseminate evidence. We examined a USAID-funded portfolio of $1.2 billion of projects awarded since 2008 that either have a workforce development focus or include workforce development as a significant component, by drawing from existing project databases and input from community of practice members. Based on this review, we present here a preliminary analytical snapshot.
In her response to Nicholas Burnett and Shubha Jayaram’s “Skills for Employability in Africa and Asia”, Youth Advisory Board member Michaella Munyuzangabo notes that while extra-curricular activities can be downplayed by teachers, especially in Africa, they can be very important in developing non-cognitive skills for students who will use them in the workplace. Parents and students, employers, and school officials should rebrand extra-curricular activities, highlighting
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.
In this study, disadvantaged Brazilian youth participated in a year-long program that used technical skills training as the foundation for learning, while also developing the soft skills that are potentially more important for longer term success.
International Youth Foundation
Originally posted by International Youth Foundation
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I’m facing the white board at the front of the classroom, and behind me a straight line of quietly whispering students in matching blue and orange uniforms stretches out to the far wall.
The Adobe Youth Voices Awards is a global, online competition that encourages youth to creatively express their vision for driving positive change in local communities. It’s an extension of Adobe Foundation’s philanthropic commitment and its global signature program, Adobe Youth Voices, which aims to ignite creative confidence in youth around the world by empowering them to find their voice and make it heard.
In the session, "Effective Models & Approaches to Creating Mentoring Programs in Different Contexts," at the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, participants had the opportunity to explore the relationship between mentorship, gender, and economic opportunity and discuss various practices (e.g. peer-to-peer, inter-generational, co-gender, online) that have proven to be effective in diverse contexts and with various youth populations.