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.
Workforce Connections, FHI 360
Child Trends and FHI presented their findings on the Key Soft Skills for Youth Workforce Success at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference on March 12, 2015. The power point is made available to download here. Since this project is working toward building consensus around key soft skills, comments and suggestions are invited by the Workforce Connections community of practice. Please email them to Rachel Carney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
RTI International, Duke University
USAID, JBS International, Inc.
This report draws from a review of 54 studies of programs related to youth workforce development to assess what packages of workforce development services work best for which populations.
Education Development Center, USAID
Established in 2009, Akazi Kanoze (AK) meaning “work well done” in Kinyarwanda, provides Rwandan youth ages 14-35 with market-relevant life and work readiness training and support, hands-on training opportunities, and links to the employment and self-employment job market. Akazi Kanoze builds capacity and creates linkages between youth, the Rwandan economy and the public and private sector so that youth can access increased opportunities for productive engagement in society.
A causal loop model is a free-form map that shows causal relationships between variables in a system. It originated in the field of system dynamics, and is used in applications ranging from engineering, to business, to international development.
Making Cents International
The Digital Jobs Africa network is comprised of fteen of The Rockefeller Foundation's DJA grantees and partners in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. This initiative addresses the absence of a sustainable network of organizations who offer demand-driven training for digital jobs and job placement to disadvantaged, high potential youth. It advances their common goals and facilitates the sharing of tools and methods for addressing their mutual problems and responding to opportunities.
Making Cents International
With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and in partnership with Silatech, Making Cents International is implementing the IFAD Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Program (RYEEP); a three-year grant to increase employment and self-employment of young people aged 15-35 in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) countries of Egypt, Yemen, Morocco and Tunisia.
Education Development Center (EDC)
Coaching is not a standalone intervention. Research demonstrates that youth who have someone that encourages them and believes in their skills and abilities is in a better position to achieve their goals. Coaching is a key component of the USAID-funded SKYE Project in Guyana. The project recruits full-time coaches to support youth during the work-readiness training and in their job search.