Education Development Center, FHI 360, Creative Associates International
In areas where conflict and violence are present, youth are prone to be victims and/or perpetrators of violence. In these contexts, youth economic opportunity programs are compelled to create responses that not only do no harm, but also strengthen youth resilience in a way that minimizes the impact of violence. This session covers collective impact (CI) approaches for implementing and sustaining youth workforce and livelihoods projects within fragile environments, with the end goal of strengthening youth resilience.
Nathan Associates, Inc.; U.S. Department of Transportation; Ministry of Transport, Vietnam
Although transportation supplies 10-25% of jobs around the world, representation of women in the sector typically falls below 20%. Women are far less likely than men to work in each of the major transport modes – road/surface, rail, air, and maritime – and those with jobs tend to fill the few roles traditionally dominated by women. Young women are similarly scarce along career-paths in infrastructure design, construction, and maintenance; transportation technology; and logistics.
International Rescue Committee (IRC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Making Cents International
Six years into the Syrian war, Jordan hosts over 650,000 Syrian refugees, and nearly 15% are youth between the ages of 18 and 25. Syrian refugee youth, especially those living outside of refugee camps, face many challenges in Jordan, including limited educational and economic opportunities, discrimination, and lack of access to basic services.
Mercy Corps, Mryati, LinaGAS Inc., Youth Impact Labs, Jordan
In both Jordan and Kenya youth are increasingly propelled into the gig-economy, thereby effectively becoming micro-entrepreneurs. But being an entrepreneur in the gig-economy is no easy feat: it requires skills and knowledge that most youth do not possess.
International Republican Institute, EMPRO
The International Republican Institute (IRI) launched its citizen security program in Panama in 2015. The program focused on supporting local governments to find new ways to engage youth from at-risk and low-income communities to help develop solutions to citizen security and local development challenges.
MarketShare Associates, CARE USA, CARE Bangladesh
Early childbirth among married adolescent girls can be a key barrier to many economic development and youth empowerment programs reaching scale. Often, this issue is not considered in economic programming even though it is often a key constraint for girls and women in capitalizing on potential economic pathways. This presentation covers experiences on how to ensure early childbirth does not limit program success and how girls’ economic opportunities can be supported to reduce early childbirth.
Catholic Relief Services, YouthPathways Project
"I am READY" is a cognitive behavioral curriculum specifically designed for use with at-risk youth in employability programs, incorporating both content as well as instructional delivery.
The Briq Institute on Behavior & Inequality, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
There is strong evidence of hiring discrimination against marginalized groups in many countries. Policymakers and researchers alike are developing and testing methods to reduce discrimination in the hiring process, and reduce discriminatory thinking among youth. This presentation explores the cutting-edge research that has exposed the extent of discrimination in job markets and innovations to help the next generation of workers face a fairer hiring market.
International Youth Foundation, Cisco Latin America, FedEx Express Mexico
The demand for workers in a changing world of work is continuously evolving. More than ever, schools and employment programs need to be able to detect skills needs from industry in an iterative fashion to ensure they are preparing young people for the jobs of today and the future. Businesses have an important role to play in this process and are often engaged through participation in advisory committees or offering internships/apprenticeships.
Ghana Friends, Youth Empowerment for Life, Alianca Empreendedora
How can resource-weak youth turn challenges for starting up businesses into opportunities based on their own resources? How can organisations promote an entrepreneurial and creative mindset that makes youth change makers? How can we measure low-income entrepreneurial behavior, considering the context of today?