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PRESENTATION: Pathways to Payoffs Identifying the Smoothest Road to Employment for At-Risk Youth, Sep 29

Save the Children, BRAC,

In Bangladesh, Farzanah, 15, drops out of school. Her parents threaten to kick her out if she doesn’t get a job. As an NGO, what should you do? Do you pay for her to attend an expensive vocational school? Give her a stipend to learn on the job? Teach her communication skills so she nails her first job interview? Using a youth avatar, participants will play a game to build the most successful pathway to employment for this young person. Presenters will then put the game results into perspective by revealing evidence from six countries comparing alternative routes to employment.

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PRESENTATION: Moving Beyond ‘Faint Evidence’: Assessing Gender Differences in the Impact of Entrepreneurship Training in Tanzania, Sep 2016

The MasterCard Foundation, University of Minnesota

How can you make claims about the impact of a training program without a comparison group?  This session will focus on how to apply propensity score matching as one tool to assess the impact of youth entrepreneurship training programs.  This methodological approach was used and then disaggregated by gender to reveal important differences in outcomes for female youth in Tanzania.  This session is most suited to participants who have some familiarity with evaluation and research design, though the session does not require participants to have advanced statistical skills.  This session will be highly interactive, with opportunity for participants to discuss applications of this method to their own field settings.

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PRESENTATION: Microwork Boom or Bust? Examining the State of the Art Emerging Online Platform that is Transforming Youth Employment, Sep 2016

Samasource, TripAdvisor, Banyan Global, Future Work Consulting, RTI International

Youth unemployment remains a major challenge for many developing economies that cannot create enough jobs to absorb the emerging labor market. Microwork, an online outsourcing of services, is an industry that expands entry level jobs.  However, no comprehensive resources currently exist to prepare youth for succeeding in this industry. RTI International, Future Work Consulting and Banyan Global experts will present findings from a Center for Global Youth Employment-funded study mapping the current trends, challenges and success factors surrounding microwork.  The panel will synthesize the study’s findings determining microwork’s sustainability as an effective tool for transitioning disadvantaged youth into employment. 

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PRESENTATION: Mastercoach: A Technology-Enabled Virtual Learning Course Helping Build the Next Level of Academic Leaders in Your Organization, Sep 2016

Quest Alliance-India

The presence of an informed, professional facilitator is essential as young people prepare to enter the world of work. MasterCoach is a certified training program that uses powerful digital and face to face experiential learning methods to create a transformative experience for youth facilitators who are on the job. Quest Alliance will present the approach, design, content and technology developed to empower youth facilitators to make the shift from being a sage on the stage to a guide on the side.

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PRESENTATION: Mastercoach: A Technology-Enabled Virtual Learning Course Helping Build the Next Level of Academic Leaders in Your Organization, Sep 2016

Quest Alliance-India

The presence of an informed, professional facilitator is essential as young people prepare to enter the world of work. MasterCoach is a certified training program that uses powerful digital and face to face experiential learning methods to create a transformative experience for youth facilitators who are on the job. Quest Alliance will present the approach, design, content and technology developed to empower youth facilitators to make the shift from being a sage on the stage to a guide on the side.

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PRESENTATION: Innovative Methods for Sourcing Youth Participants for Employment Programs, Sep 2016

Education For Employment, The MasterCard Foundation

Effective sourcing of participants is critical for supporting quality at scale for youth employment programs. In this workshop, Education For Employment (EFE) will present three tested methods for sourcing marginalized youth populations for participation in employment programs: social media-based approaches, high-touch family-focused sourcing strategies, and outreach workshops. In addition, The MasterCard Foundation will present lessons learned from the Foundation’s experience supporting youth employment programs in Africa. EFE’s experience applying tested approaches in Jordan, Tunisia, and Morocco will be discussed, and evaluative approaches for determining the relative effectiveness of each strategy will be examined. Special attention will be paid to gender aspects of each sourcing strategy. This workshop will adopt a Think Tank approach.

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From Good Practice to Policy Innovation: Moving the Needle on Youth Financial Capability, Sep 2016

Save the Children, New America Foundation

Financial inclusion and youth development practitioners are constantly challenged to scale the lessons from their work through policy change. This often involves an interplay between local, regional and national government, and is not necessarily straightforward or unidirectional. This session will explore how youth financial inclusion/education initiatives in Vietnam, India, and the US used project results to effect policy change at various levels of government. The session is designed to provide practitioners with a better understanding of how to translate project learnings into effective advocacy through an understanding of the often complex, opportunistic, and multilayered nature of the policy change process.

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PRESENTATION: Engaging Youth in Gender-Based Discussions Around Agricultural Careers, Sep 2016

Innovate, Penn State University

Youth may make career choices based on the gender norms of the adults around them without critical awareness of their internalized gender bias. The Innovation for Agricultural Training and Education (innoVATE) gender and education training modules challenge youth to critically analyze whether they are basing judgement of tasks, skills and responsibilities on sex or gender norms. The goal of the training is to  enable youth to consider career paths primarily by interest and skill rather than being limited by an internalized or societal gender bias. 

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PRESENTATION:Digital Finance: Unlocking New Trends in Technology to Include Youth, Sep 2016

Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), Bankable Frontier Associates, Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL Global)

Three trends in technology are revolutionizing finance and in particular our ability to include youth in the formal financial sector.  They are: Mobility – or the ability to remain connected wherever we are; Ubiquity – where we all have access to high powered tools (software) and Big Data – where number crunching programs enable analysis at an unprecedented scale.  Learn from representatives of leading financial inclusion programs on how they are using these three trends to lower costs, improve analytical ability, and raise funds from new areas – all to promote access to finance for youth in the US and overseas.

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PRESENTATION: Sustainable Youth Financial Inclusion: Whose Responsibility Is It? Sep 2016

National Microfinance Bank-Tanzania, Women's World Banking

Who should be responsible for ensuring the financial inclusion of youth in the long term? Is it the private sector, public sector, or a combination of both? In this session, Women’s World Banking, the National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania and Xac Bank Mongolia will share their perspectives and experiences in developing robust, double bottom line youth savings and financial capability programs where banks have also collaborated closely with their governments in order to further advance the financial inclusion agenda. Come learn about their approaches, see what aspects of these models are replicable, and share your own perspectives!

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