Demand-Driven Training for youth employment programs build job-relevant skills valued by employers and useful for self-employment by offering both pre-employment skills development and some form of on-the- job training.
Soft skills refer to the personal habits that lead to success in both the workforce and in interpersonal relationships. This training workshop demonstrated how to teach soft skills, provide detailed information on which specific soft skills lead to employment, and encourage collaborative learning with other practictioners. Readers are encouraged to develop their own soft skill teaching plan based on the pedagogical principles presented.
Young people are not developing the skills they need to be successful in the workforce. UNICEF proposes that a holistic approach to skill building strengthens youth confidence and has a higher success rate than a static approach. This idea is demonstrated by UPSHIFT, a flagship UNICEF workshop that teaches marginalized youth the skills necessary to becoming social innovators and entrepreneuers. This presentation establishes UNICEF's research on youth workforce preparedness and provides case studies on the UPSHIFT Program's success in Kosovo and Jordan.
The presenters shared an introduction to the Bright Future World Café process, setting the context, and sharing the do’s and don’ts. A methodology was used for challenging and identifyiong underlying assumptions. Attendees shared insights or other results from their conversations with the rest of the large group. The basic process is simple and simple to learn, but complexities and nuances of context, numbers, questions, and purpose were taken into consideration to optimize the results of the session.
Countering violent extremism (CVE) through youth workforce development programming leads youth to become positive change-makers in their communities. The Human Rights Agenda presents a case study from CVE efforts in violent extremism-prone areas in Kenya. Key finding include how unemployment contributes to violent extremism recidivism and the need for non-specific approaches to CVE.
WomenStrong International, Financial Nutrition, Morgan Stanley
Millions of girls are not receiving the necessary financial and techincal education to thrive in the formal economy. WomenStrong Girls' Club Handbook provides educators with evidence based strategies that empower and prepare girls to succeed in the global workforce. This presentation contains samples from the handbook, launched in Fall 2018.
Samasource has set up sustainable impact sourcing centers in East Africa and India, but these are costly and complex to run, requiring sales and operations teams and high-end, secure infrastructure. To prepare more youth for the future of work, our freelance agency proves out a lighter-weight model can also be successful for giving work. The Samasource agency provides freelance skills training to youth with basic digital skills, and helps them get work online.
Creative Associates and IREX presented tools to measure youth self-efficacy and to empower youth in their own learning processes. The self-efficacy tool is designed to be specific yet flexible enough to capture changes in youth across 15 communities in three countries that are exposed to a holistic suite of interventions for violence prevention and workforce development. The self-efficacy measure was identified as useful across programming to reduce youth participation in violence.