Matt Flannery started Kiva in 2005 with his wife, Jessica. Kiva is an online lending platform that allows individuals in the developed world to loan to small business people in the developing world. Kiva operates in the microfinance space and works with a growing network of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in more than thirty countries. Their MFI partners post the profiles of their loan applicants to the website. Internet users in the United States, Canada, Europe, and beyond make small loans via PayPal to these businesses. The businesses pay the lenders back over a period of about a year.
In 41 countries around the world, one in three students who leave school after grade five or six still cannot read all or part of a sentence. Whether they live in Detroit or New Delhi, too often our children are failing to learn the very basics—even after spending years in school. And this is on top of the 58 million children who remain out of school. To address this crisis, we must reach millions of children with interventions that not only get them into school but ensure that, while there, they acquire knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy, safe and productive lives.
The University of Chicago
While non-academic or “social-cognitive” skills are important predictors of student outcomes, schools (particularly secondary schools) devote little explicit attention to such skills after the first few grades–perhaps partly because of uncertainty about whether these types of skills are actually amenable to policy intervention. A randomized field experiment in the Chicago Public Schools assigned 2,740 disadvantaged males in grades 7-10 to one year of social-cognitive skill development through in-school and after-school programming, or to a control group.
Columbia University, Women's Refugee Commission, Western Uganda Bantwana Program
This study in Western Uganda tried to determine the links between household income/assets and the protection and well-being of children. We also tried to determine if and how economic interventions for caregivers could improve the lives of the children in their care, without doing inadvertent harm. Armed with answers to these questions, governments, NGOs and donors should be able to make better funding and programming decisions.
NYC Department of Youth & Community Development
The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with summer employment and educational experiences that capitalize on their individual strengths, develop their skills and competencies, and connect them to positive adult role models. SYEP Provides seven weeks of entry-level work experience in a variety of jobs at community-based organizations, government agencies and private sector businesses.
Calling all youths between the ages of 13-26! Register today to gain the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to plan for your future! The Youth Leadership Institute is a five-part series, providing today's youth with a valuable overview of the transition experience to better prepare them for the world after high-school. Workshop topics will include Independent Living, Employment and Workforce Development, Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services, Getting and Keeping Your First Job, Career and Technical Training Programs, College Readiness, and Accessing Accommodations in College.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is using sports to help youth in Kenya learn conflict resolution skills and build community ties.
The DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA)
This report highlights key findings from a recent survey and a series of focus groups with 481 youth ages 16–24 from across the District of Columbia who were at least marginally reconnected to various schools, training programs, or community based social-service organizations. This research effort was designed to better understand how, when, and why youth choose to reconnect, the barriers that prevent reconnection, and the strategies that could facilitate reconnection.
This paper investigates quality apprenticeship in three German companies (BMW, Siemens and Volkswagen) that initiated apprenticeship programmes in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee in the southern part of the U.S. The report highlights the strong involvement of the three companies and their active cooperation with community colleges and municipalities in training apprentices in mechatronics, an interdisciplinary area of engineering that combines mechanical and electrical engineering with a high content of computer skills and software knowledge.
Microlinks, USAID, and the QED Group