Making Cents International's Youth Economic Opportunities Network
Feb 5, 2019 (09:30am to 10:30am)
The annual GYEO Summit Call for Proposals is a competitive process open to all interested applicants working to advance youth economic opportunities. Summit speakers raise awareness about their work, share knowledge and encourage collaboration in our sector through practical, hands-on breakout sessions that connect to the Summit’s theme and technical tracks.
Each year the Global Education & Skills Forum brings together world leaders from the public, private and social sectors seeking solutions to achieving education, equity and employment for all. Over two days, more than 2,000 delegates at the Global Education & Skills Forum share, debate and shape new ways for education to transform our world. The Forum culminates in the awarding of the Global Teacher Prize - recognition that every child deserves an exceptional teacher.
On September 25-27, 2018 the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit will return for its 12th annual convening in Washington, D.C. Each year, over 550 youth and economic development experts from more than 50 countries gather at the Summit to advance youth social and economic inclusion. Summit attendees expand their global network, exchange knowledge, gain exposure to emerging issues and innovative new tools, and build their technical practice through interactive, hands-on learning.
The CYFI Summit is the major global summit focusing on youth economic citizenship, entrepreneurship, financial education and financial inclusion for children and youth. It aims to bring together more than 200 participants from across CYFI’s global network of more than 100 countries.
Amy Sink Davies, Senior Director for Food Security and Agriculture, RTI International & Eric Johnson, Senior Research Economist, RTI International
As one of East Africa’s rising economic stars, Kenya continues to serve as a model for development progress. But with one in six young people in Kenya currently jobless, development partners have very rightly begun to factor youth empowerment into projects in nearly every sector.
Andrew Baird, Program Director, Workforce and Economic Opportunities, RTI International
“Community of Practice” is a term of art, not science. Many times these networks are deemed to exist, but are far from communal and not grounded in practice. In my career, I learned that you know a Community of Practice when you see one, even if it is sometimes hard to articulate why it's one. While at Making Cents International in 2006, we knew we did not see such a community in the youth economic opportunities space. There were communities built around financial inclusion, education, and entrepreneurship, but most did not focus on youth and few took a holistic view.
A Good Job means equality. A Good Job means opportunity. A good job means excitement. A Good Job means sustainability. These are just a few of the descriptions of a “Good Job” that we heard from youth and others in attendance at last October’s launch event for Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) coalition.
It was at this event that S4YE unveiled a vision for a world where all youth have access to work opportunities that empower them to escape poverty, thus boosting shared prosperity worldwide. An urgent challenge. A massive opportunity.
Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University
Author Bio: Joshua Schoop is a Social Innovation Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University. Joshua studies ecosystems to foster youth development and entrepreneurship. He completed his PhD at the Payson Center for International Development in 2014. This blog post discusses Dr. Schoop’s recent research that investigated the inner workings of an innovative urban youth leadership program.