Youth Economic Opportunites Network: Live & Virtual Learning Event "Applying An Inclusive Market Systems Development Approach to Youth Employment: Lessons from the EYE Program".
Dr. Christy Olenik, Vice President, Techinical Services of Making Cents International, began the discussion by presenting the work of the Demand-Driven Training for Youth Employment Toolkit. With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, Making Cents International developed the Demand-Driven Training for Youth Employment Toolkit, a resource designed to assist education-to-employment providers interested in maximizing program outcomes such as placement and retention rates, satisfaction of employers and job seekers, and stakeholder return on investment. The Toolkit was developed with input from leading South African and global institutions. It is an easy-to-read, practical resource that can help institutions be more effective.
Also discussed was Enhancing Youth Employment (EYE). EYE is a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) project implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and Management Development Associates (MDA). EYE supports employment opportunities for young women and men graduates from schools and universities in Kosovo by facilitating their transition into the labor market. Matt Herr, Team Leader Eastern Europe and Senior Advisor with Helvetas, led this live and virtual learning event. He presented on key elements of an Inclusive Market Systems Approach applied to youth employment, outlined some of the experiences and results Helvetas gained from its youth employment programs in the Balkans region, and shared some of the challenges that accompany this approach.