Young people can both lead innovations in technology and benefit from that innovation. Private sector partnerships offer multiple opportunities for win-win situations. The private sector benefits from a technologysavvy workforce and technology companies seek more clients for their products. Young people enjoy connecting to their peers and the faster, more direct access to education and employment opportunities that the web or mobile technology offers.
As highlighted in the 2011 GYEOC, more creative solutions are needed to ensure that rural youth and youth off the power grid can access relevant technology. On a related note, practitioners must be cautious about making assumptions in terms of the type of technology that is relevant and applicable in certain contexts. In addition, technology must complement other YEO advocacy efforts. Technology will be a more effective tool for youth economic opportunities if society perceives and supports youth as viable candidates for employment or entrepreneurship.
- For additional information on how technology is supporting increased economic opportunities for youth, visit Making Cents International’s 2010 State of the Field publication, pages 28-29; pages 115, 125, 126, 138-145 in Making Cents’ 2009 State of the Field publication; and page 39 in Making Cents’ 2008 State of the Field publication.