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

Author(s): 
Celina de Sola, Maritza Trejo, Lia Cartagena
Organization/Affiliation(s): 
Glasswing International, Citi Foundation
Publication Date: 
Sep 28, 2017

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. In this interactive and thought-provoking session, Celina de Sola and a Citi Foundation representative will take the audience on a journey into the lives of some the young male and female entrepreneurs participating in the Youth L.E.A.D program, exploring the strengths and challenges as they learn foundational skills (life skills, numeracy, entrepreneurship) and discover themselves and their passions, while tackling fears of security and economic uncertainty. What gives them hope and resiliency? What kind of tools and skills do they need to carry on their entrepreneurial activities in contexts of violent conflicts?

Topic: 
Workforce Development
Financial Inclusion
Regions: 
Latin America & the Caribbean