Education for Employment, Microsoft Corporation, NetHope Academy, Koru
How do young people get their first job if every employer requires work experience? It's a classic catch-22. At the Workforce Development session "No Jobs without Experience, No Experience without Jobs: Stepping out of the Catch-22," at the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Taleb Salhab from Education for Employment, Yvonne Thomas from Microsoft, Lisa Obradobich from NetHope Academy and Kristen Hamilton from Koru discussed how providing innovative internships programs is a way to solve the problem.
Private sector collaboration has provided to have many benefits as it can increase speed and cost efficiency of projects, alleviate capacity constraints, and add value to a project by providing diverse knowledge and expertise. In the drive to increase opportunities for formal employment for unemployed youth, NGOs have begun to collaborate with the private sector to create practical strategies in improving youth employment outcomes in projects.
2013 was the first year in history that digital media overtook TV as the primary global channel for media consumption. In this presentation, Kaiya Waddell and Chase Mohney of Facebook discuss how the rapid proliferation of mobile technology has been the driver for this change in media, resulting in the need for corresponding changes in successful marketing and organizing. Theywalk through the major components of these changes, with a focus on how to think about content creation and tools for impactful activism.
The Youth in Action presentation by Save the Children at the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit explores and discusses how to help young women and men (aged 15-18) to become aware of how their communities function, who the service provider and market actors are, what opportunities are available, and how they can get access to those opportunities.
The Macedonia Youth Employability Skills (YES) Project was presented under the Cross Track Session: Effective Models & Approaches to Creating Mentoring Programs in Different Contexts. In this session, participants explored the relationship between mentorship, gender and economic opportunity, and discussed various practices that have proven to be effective in diverse contexts and with various youth populations. Erik Butler from the Education Development Center presented on the goals and strategies of the YES Project in Macedonia.
The Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment Project was presented under the Cross Track Session: Effective Models & Approaches to Creating Mentoring Programs in Different Contexts. In this session, participants explored the relationship between mentorship, gender and economic opportunity, and discussed various practices that have proven to be effective in diverse contexts and with various youth populations. Tomaisha Hendricks,Workforce Development and Private Sector Specialist at Education Development Center, presented on the goals and objectives of the SKYE Project.
Globally, digital jobs are going unfilled. Thirty percent of employers in Ghana, 58 percent in Kenya, and 90 percent in South Africa reported challenges in hiring youth for technology-enabled jobs. In the United States, more than 50 percent of today's jobs require some degree of technology skills, and experts say this percentage will increase to 77 percent in the next decade. At the same time, young people aged 15 to 24 make up 40 percent of the world’s unemployed.