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PRESENTATION: Unlocking the Power of Finance for Youth – An Introductory Training on Youth-Inclusive Financial Services Design and Delivery, Sep 2016

Making Cents International

Youth-inclusive Finance expert Timothy Nourse will lead this primer on financial services for youth – why they are important, who should be involved, what are the key financial and non-financial services, and how they can be designed.  Summit participants who want to learn the basics of youth-inclusive finance and how to engage with financial service providers or youth serving organizations are encouraged to attend this interactive training.

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PRESENTATION: What do Young People Want, Sep 2016

Naandi Foundation, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, McCann Global Health

What do young people really want? What drives and motivates them? What influences their behaviors? By better understanding this target group we can improve the effectiveness of our programming. This session will look at universal insights on what motivates young people from different countries, and how we can change key health and social behaviors of youth, especially adolescent girls, who are often economically and socially marginalized, to influence their future economic prospects. An example from India will be shared to highlight how access to information and communications technology (ICT) has great potential to develop soft skills and future economic opportunities for young girls.

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PRESENTATION: Understanding Risk: A New Soft Skill for Positive Youth Development? Sep 2016

USAID, Pathfinder International

Positive Youth Development requires thinking more systemically about cross-sectoral factors affecting youth and equipping youth to navigate these factors. This includes sexual and reproductive health risk management as a workforce development (WFD) consideration. Participants will play "Pathways to Change", a game which can be used to stimulate youth to think about reasons for continuing certain behaviors. While the game helps youth understand their risky behaviors and how they can avoid them, it also helps those working with youth understand perceptions of barriers to and facilitators of change. Participants will also learn how the game can be a tool for data collection.

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PRESENTATION: The Human Graph, Sep 2016

Knack

Key advances in mobile technology, behavioral science, gamification, and predictive data analytics enable people, education providers, organizations, employers and governments to discover people's unique talents, match them to the most promising education, skilling, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, and equip populations with the critical work skills needed for employability and continuous learning in the 21st Century digital economy. Knack's CEO Guy Halfteck will introduce a new paradigm, The Human Graph, that leverages these advances and reshapes the future of talent, employability, work, and economic opportunity.  

 

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PRESENTATION: Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship: A Guide for Policymakers and Youth Leaders, Sep 2016

Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE), Youth Business International (YBI)

Unemployment is the most critical challenge that young people in all parts of the Commonwealth confront today. The challenge is particularly acute in developing countries where jobs in the organized sector are few and far between, while those in the informal sector are often unstable, unsafe and poorly paid. It is therefore imperative for governments and stakeholders to identify and promote alternative pathways to sustainable livelihoods if they are to fulfil the aspirations and potential of their young people. Empowering young people to consider entrepreneurship as their vocation has to be a critical component of such a strategy.

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PRESENTATION: Key Soft Skill Impacts Across Sectors: Evidence and Youth Voice, Sep 2016

FHI 360, Mercy Corps, USAID

USAID’s Youth Power Action project has conducted a study that identifies a core set of soft skills that predict positive outcomes across the fields of workforce development, violence prevention, and sexual and reproductive health. This builds on the Workforce Connections report, Key Soft Skills that Foster Youth Workforce Success, highlighted at last year’s Summit. This session will present the result of Key Skills for Cross-Sectoral Youth Outcomes study that identifies the most important soft skills relating to violence prevention and reproductive health.  The panel will include experts in violence prevention and reproductive health to comment on the findings of the study.  Participants will engage with findings from both studies, and implications for youth programming. 

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PRESENTATION: Getting Training Right: Tools for Assessing Vocational and Soft Skills Demand in Conflict and Post-Conflict Environments, Sep 2016

Creative Associates International, Child Trends

Youth in conflict and post-conflict settings require tailored training opportunities and employment services to hone the vocational and soft skills needed to find and retain jobs. How can we assess the vocational and soft skills needs in a conflict and post-conflict context, often characterized by a stagnant or shrinking economy and unstable political and security framework, to be sure we get the training right? This interactive deep dive will use evidence developed through Creative Associates’ experience in Afghanistan and Child Trends' contributions in Nicaragua as a starting point for an exploration of demand-driven training needs assessments.  

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PRESENTATION: From Shopkeepers to Shop Masters: Moving Youth Enterprises to the Next Level in the Secret Engine of the Kenyan Economy, Sep 2016

TechnoServe, Elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization, Citi Foundation

While many young people run businesses, how many actually run them well? What if young entrepreneurs in a critical part of the economy got the tools to take their businesses to the next level? The Smart Duka program in Kenya is finding out the answer. Working with small retail shops in Kenya, which supply up to 80 percent of the country’s consumer goods, TechnoServe, Elea Foundation and Citi Foundation are helping young entrepreneurs find digital and business solutions to maximize the potential of their enterprises. These lessons can be applied to a wide range of youth entrepreneurship efforts worldwide. 

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PRESENTATION: Forecasting the Job Market Challenges in the Post-Work Era, Sep 2016

CIDE

The key role played by sound labor market forecast in the formulation of human resources development programs has been extensively promoted lately. As we engage in building quantitative tools to better understand job markets’ evolution, CIDE suggests we take a step back and rethink the major changes the job market is undergoing at a global scale and its implications on the inclusion of young people. What conclusion can we draw when the economy, while growing, is not producing the jobs that millions of young people are counting on to provide for themselves? How do we deal with spreading non-formal, non-conventional employment?  

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Presentation: Fine-Tuning an Approach to Developing Effective Cross Sector Partnerships to Deliver a Youth Employability Program, Sep 2016

Marriott International, SOS Children's Village Costa Rica, Hotel Costa Rica Marriott

The Youth Career Initiative (YCI) brings over 20 years’ experience of establishing and maintaining effective cross sector partnerships with the global hotel industry and nonprofit sector. This workshop brings senior leaders from each sector together for a format-blending discussion to share tools, real life challenges, and evaluate critical success factors to support and empower young people to make informed career choices, using the hotel industry as a learning platform.

 

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