Bridges From School to Work
Bridges From School to Work Program Overview was presented under the Workforce Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. The Bridges From School to Work Program, which develops and supports employment opportunities and the retention of young people with disabilities between the ages of 17-22 is discussed.
USAID and JBS International
Examining the Evidence: Topics of Interest to USAID in Youth Development & Education was presented at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. USAID discusses its efforts in developing a research agenda focused on youth workforce development, youth education in conflict environments, and holistic, crosssector youth development. Results from an iterative process encompassing literature reviews, interviews with thought leaders, and consultations with USAID staff and other
stakeholders are shared.
Education Development Center
Youth Programming Approach: Overcoming Gender Barriers in South Asia was presented under the Workforce Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Creative strategies for ensuring training, job placement and other services that respond to the unique needs of women are discussed.
FINCA Peru and Aflatoun
Aflatoun undertook this case study for two primary reasons: 1) to examine the implications of implementing the Aflatoun program, typically used in classrooms, in a non-formal setting, and 2) to stress any correlations between the Aflatoun curriculum’s success and its setting in an MFI.
Panabo Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC)
This case study, originally published in 2009 and updated in August 2011, describes the central role that PMPC’s partnerships with schools had in the highly targeted marketing campaign that proved an effective tool for growing membership, promoting a culture of savings at a young age, and delivering much-needed financial services to underserved youth populations. As a result of PMPC’s efforts, the cooperative has reached 12,175 youth savers (7,542 youth savers, 4,032 power teen savers and 601 Aflatoun savers) with a youth savings portfolio totaling more than US$196,000.Originally published in 2009, this case study was updated in August 2011.
Banyan Global and Equity Bank
Equity Bank-Uganda and Banyan Global have partnered in Uganda to develop an innovative education loan product that bridges the financial gap for nursing students ages 17-24, who are enrolled at the Mayanja Memorial Training Institute for nurses in Mbarara, Uganda.
RTI International and USAID
Meeting Liberia’s Growth Sector Skills Demand through Centers of Excellence in Higher Education was presented under the Workforce Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Drawing from their experience in Liberia, session presenters from RTI International and University of Michigan share promising practices for developing university-based centers of excellence that produce skilled graduates meeting private sector demand. Specific tools and models to be discussed include:
With just three years to go until the deadline for the Education for All goals that were set in Dakar, Senegal, it is vitally urgent to ensure that the collective commitments made by 164 countries in 2000 are met. Lessons also need to be drawn to inform the definition of future international education goals and the design of mechanisms to make sure that all partners live up to their promises.
African Economic Outlook (AEO)
This online resources takes a deep-dive look into youth employment in Africa
U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has developed a series of free video vignettes, as part of its "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success" curriculum. Youth services programs, educators and others helping young job seekers prepare for employment are encouraged to view, display, share and lead discussions about the videos, which aim to help all youth, including those with disabilities, develop and strengthen six essential skills needed to succeed in today's workforce: communication, networking, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.