Employment and Violence Prevention: What Central American youth are saying works and doesn’t work

Susan Cruz
Sin Fronteras
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Apr, 2015

Check out this PowerPoint presentation from the Workforce Connections event, Can Youth Employment Reduce Violence in Latin America?, held on March 25th, 2015. 

PresentationEmployment and Violence Prevention: What Central American youth are saying works and doesn't work, presented by Susan Cruz 

Youth workforce development remains a priority of global development efforts, yet the types of programs that can be successful will vary significantly depending on the specific needs of young people and the contexts within which they live. The lack of a uniform approach to youth workforce development is particularly significant in regards to effectively designing good programs. Within the context of Latin America and the Caribbean, the picture is further complicated as many young people have difficulties finding employment due to the lack of licit employment opportunities.

The Workforce Connections project hosted a panel discussion Can Youth Employment Reduce Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean? to provide the Community of Practice with a forum to discuss these issues. The panel discussion addressed some of the myths and realities regarding how supporting young people through skills development and better employment opportunities can and cannot lead to safer communities. At this event, practitioners and stakeholders convened to explore these issues, looking specifically at:

  • Economic adversity
  • Lack of access to high-quality, relevant training and education systems
  • Prevalence of violent or illicit activities
  • The role of workforce development programs in addressing challenges related to youth violence and community stability
Workforce Development
Latin America & the Caribbean