Gap Inc. understands both hiring math and competitive strategy when it comes to filling entry-level jobs in its 3,000-plus Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores. Across the U.S., nearly 6 million entry-level jobs will be created from 2012 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With low unemployment, the competition for talent remains fierce. Gap is joining a growing corps of large companies that are turning to an overlooked pool of entry-level talent: the 5.5 million 16-to-24-year-olds, called “opportunity youth,” who are out of school and out of work.
A unique platform for fostering dialogue and generating partnerships between exceptional youth, civil society, the private sector, and the United Nations. The Youth Assembly is recognized as the largest youth conference at the United Nations. Over the course of 18 sessions, 13,000 youth from 6 continents and more than 100 countries have developed a better understanding of the various practices and perspectives in international development.
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Africa has the youngest population in the world, with almost 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24—a number that is expected to double by 2045 (African Economic Outlook 2015). Although many jobs have been created by Africa’s growing economies, job creation has not been enough to accommodate the expanding youth population. The International Labor Organization estimates that only 16 million of 73 million jobs created in Africa between 2000 and 2008 were filled by youth. Sixty percent of Africa’s unemployed are youth, even more are underemployed, and youth unemployment rates are double those of adult unemployment in most countries (African Economic Outlook 2015). Across 34 African countries, citizens regard unemployment as the top problem facing their nations (Dome 2015).
The LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership was established to foster transformational leadership capacity and innovation to advance the field of landscape architecture. The $25,000 fellowship is an opportunity for mid-career or senior-level professionals to dedicate the equivalent of 3 months’ time over the course of one year to nurture emerging ideas and to think deeply. It is designed as a time to reflect, research, explore, create, test, and develop ideas into action.
One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 230 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2016–17 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
East-West Center is inviting applications for Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship. The eight (8) week program involves a combination of personal strategic planning activities, leadership development workshops, and reflective space to independently develop strategic plans or projects within the context of the East-West Center community. TThe leadership development program is designed to provide opportunities for advanced professionals to reflect on personal and organizational achievement while developing plans for the future.
The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world. Applications are invited for Open Society Fellowship available for applicants from all parts of the world. This is a fellowship for individuals only and does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.
Financial inclusion seeks to increase the number of individuals who are able to access formal financial services, with a focus on providing access to marginalized populations such as youth or women. According to the World Bank, almost 40 percent of the adults in the world do not use formal financial services, such as licensed commercial and development banks, savings and loan companies, and deposit-taking entities. The majority of the individuals who do not access these services come from poor households.
This report aims to inform Feed the Future (FTF) efforts moving forward to more strategically and deliberately engage youth in market systems by providing insights from current FTF country programs. Commissioned by USAID’s Bureau for Food Security/Office of Country Strategy and Implementation, a research team with the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO)1 activity scanned all 19 FTF countries and analyzed four FTF country programs in more depth through site visits to Guatemala, Liberia, Nepal, and Uganda. 2 These countries were chosen based on 1) their relatively high youth involvement in the portfolio; 2) youth mention in Country Development Cooperation Strategies (CDCS) and FTF strategy documents; and 3) geographic diversity. Case studies and success stories from these countries accompany this report and cover the following themes: Uganda - Adaptive Program Models; Guatemala – Engaging Rural Youth through Experiential Education; Liberia – Building Youth Resilience in Weak Market Systems; and Nepal – Household Approach to Reaching Youth.
The International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship was established 4 years ago and it has been held in South Africa, USA, Thailand and Canada. ICIE has been attended by participants from more than 30 countries and attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, practitioners and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2016 the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson University played host to the first Innovative Youth Incubator Awards. We look forward to an interesting competition again this year in Kuala Lumpur where the Conference Chair is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kamarulzaman Ab. Aziz.