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What's the DDT Toolkit: Learn more about it!

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.

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Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce at Scale: The Cuna Mas Home Visiting Program in Peru

Results for Development

Early Childhood Development (ECD) policies and programs targeting young children and families, such as home visiting interventions, can positively impact a child’s development and lead to long-term health, education, and social benefits. These programs employ numerous professionals, paraprofessionals, and volunteers.  It is essential for this early childhood workforce to be highly prepared and well-supported to ensure that young children have a strong foundation for healthy development and future success.

Guiding Principles for Building Soft Skills Among Adolescents and Young Adults

USAID

This report identifies guiding principles and strategies that foster soft skill development among adolescents and young adults, ages 12–29, across different program contexts and youth characteristics. It shows the most basic methods that enable youth soft skill development and explains why they are thought to be effective.

Boosting Soft Skills through Innovative Use of New Media

The Back Lot Foundation

The session will stimulate you to find the creativity that is present in every person. Make your own film, step out of your comfort zone; don't just do what is ‘normal’ or what everyone else would do. By stepping out of your comfort zone, you will find the creativity that is embedded in every person, thinking “I would never think I would do this”.

Win-Strategies for Building Economic Resilience in Youth

Avencion Group

Labor force participation among young people between the ages of 15 and 35 is not at full capacity, most youth are untrained, inexperienced, and lack fundamental educational skills to impact their job successfully. To tackle Global Youth Unemployment rates, tailored interventions and coaching strategies need to be scaled to ensure every youth group is catered for.

The Myth of Lazy Youth: Why Young People Choose Agriculture

Overseas Development Institute, Participatory Development Associates

All too often young people are accused of being lazy and uninterested in agriculture, when in fact there are very good reasons why they are unable to access the opportunities available in the agricultural sector or why they are unable to attain the profits that theoretically should be achievable.

Investing in Soft Skills: Launch of the Youth Employment Funders Group Soft Skills Policy Brief

USAID, The MasterCard Foundation, JP Morgan Chase

There is growing evidence that soft skills are critical to economic growth, as well as to young people’s development and success in today’s rapidly changing labor market.

Integrating Youth into Agriculture: Engaging Young People as Actors

Making Cents International

Currently, USAID, through YouthPower Learning, is developing a design guide for Missions to support youth’s integration into Feed the Future and Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) activities. This links to USAID’s goal to more effectively incorporate young people across the design, implementation, and evaluation functions.  After a brief overview of the guide, two young people will share t

The Evidence is In: What's Working & Not in Youth Employment Programs in Low-Income Countries

USAID Bureau for Food Security

Most research reviews of the evidence on youth employment programs lump the experience of Germany and Guinea together, so they do not offer meaningful insights for low income countries. This session shared the latest evidence for the countries USAID and partners are working in. Based on a structural transformation perspective, Dr. Fox USAID’s Chief Economist, presents her research on what has actually worked in low income settings: evidence for vocation skills training is weak, where as the evidence for economic growth-oriented measures such as finance as well as for transferable skills and support programs is stronger and promising. We invite your questions and responses to: What does this mean for rural areas where income-earning opportunities for youth are in household farms and firms? How does this effect USAID’s approach to youth economic opportunities going forward?

Life Skills in Hard Places: The Youth L.E.A.D. Experiential Learning Technique for Life Skills and Financial Capabilities

Glasswing International, Citi Foundation

Youth in Central America face overwhelming challenges. In addition to poorly funded schools, inadequate access to secondary and tertiary education, and limited opportunities for employment, youth in El Salvador also confront epidemic levels of violence and a gang problem that challenge their day to day decision making process.

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