My name is Matthew French and I work for JBS International, Inc. This blog draws upon research conducted under contract with USAID’s office of Education (read the full youth engagement report here), as well as my own experiences working with young people.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), EY-Parthenon
Increasingly, the economy is demanding that youth adopt an entrepreneurial mindset to earn a living. Unfortunately, today's schools are ill equipped to provide the training in the behavioral skills that comprise this mindset, like opportunity recognition, critical problem solving and communication.
Join us at the YES Forum to learn more about youth entrepreneurship policies, improving access to finance for young entrepreneurs and facilitating access to markets. The two-day programme will include plenary sessions, inspirational talks, a marketplace for key actors, and a pitching competition for young entrepreneurs. The YES Forum is a featured event of the Global Entrepreneurship Week and is jointly organized by the ILO, ITC, UNCDF, UNCTAD and UNIDO under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project, MarketLinks
The Making Cents International 2018 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (GYEO) galvanized important conversations about how to foster and promote entrepreneurship, skills, resiliency, solutions, and excitement to create employment opportunities. Many of the Summit breakout sessions concentrated specifically on girls’ economic empowerment and how changemakers, foundations, implementing partners, and communities can mobilize around youth through a gendered lens.
Today, the impact of trauma on young people can be seen world-wide. From young migrants traveling to the Southern border from gang-violence affected communities in Central America, to young refugees displaced by conflict, the long-term implications for youth wellbeing and economic growth and opportunity are inexplicably linked.