PRESENTATION: USAID Positive Youth Development Mini Training, Sep 2016


This session, led by USAID will consist of a ‘mini-training’ geared to strengthen basic understanding of Positive Youth Development approaches and how to incorporate these into workforce development project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Participants will also learn about opportunities to take a cross-sectoral approach when designing workforce programs.

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BLOG: Cooking Up a Brighter Future in Bangladesh, August 2016

International Labour Organization

DHAKA (ILO News) – 17-year-old Shanta Akhtar’s family always struggled to make ends meet. Shanta’s father owns a tea stall in the suburbs of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, but providing for six children, including one who is physically disabled, was a struggle.  To help support the family, Shanta’s elder sister took a job in a garment factory. But this was not enough so Shanta’s parents asked her to leave school, before sitting her Junior School Certificate (JSC) examination, and work with her sister. They also wanted her to get married. 

FELLOWSHIP: Overseas Fellowship with Atlas Corps, June 2016

Atlas Corps

Atlas Corps seeks nonprofit/NGO professionals from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the U.S. Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 6-18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing) and health insurance.

INTERNSHIP: Voices Of Youth Blogging Internship, May 2016

Voices Of Youth

The 3-month internship, starting in June 2016, offers you (young people aged 14-24) an opportunity to develop your writing, research and critical thinking skills and allows you to connect with other engaged young people around the world in global dialogue. During the internship, you are supervised by a VOY Community Manager, who will provide tips and tricks on how to write good blog posts. The internship is done by remote participation, which means that interns are not required to travel anywhere.

Snapshot of Trends in USAID Workforce Development Programming

Workforce Connections, FHI 360

The Workforce Connections inventory is an evolving collaborative learning initiative in support of the project’s objective to generate, synthesize, and disseminate evidence. We examined a USAID-funded portfolio of $1.2 billion of projects awarded since 2008 that either have a workforce development focus or include workforce development as a significant component, by drawing from existing project databases and input from community of practice members.  Based on this review, we present here a preliminary analytical snapshot. 

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“Screen for Success”: A Priority for Demand-Driven Training Organizations

Making Cents International

Many demand-driven training organizations are asking themselves how to improve their screening processes, tools, or staff expertise.

A response to “Skills for Employability in Africa and Asia”

Workforce Connections

In her response to Nicholas Burnett and Shubha Jayaram’s “Skills for Employability in Africa and Asia”, Youth Advisory Board member Michaella Munyuzangabo notes that while extra-curricular activities can be downplayed by teachers, especially in Africa, they can be very important in developing non-cognitive skills for students who will use them in the workplace.   Parents and students, employers, and school officials should rebrand extra-curricular activities, highlighting

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Beyond the Muddle: What are Soft Skills or Workplace Competencies?

Workforce Connections, Child Trends, FHI 360

This presentation, presented by ChildTrends at Making Cents International's Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, addresses Workforce Connection's research around the types of soft skills and character traits most relevant for positive youth development and success for employability. A significant activity in Workforce Connection has been to carry out research and build consensus around the types of soft skills and character traits that are most relevant for positive youth development and for success for employability or career/livelihood success. 


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CIES 2015 Soft Skills that Open Doors Powerpoint

Workforce Connections, FHI 360

Child Trends and FHI presented their findings on the Key Soft Skills for Youth Workforce Success at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference on March 12, 2015. The power point is made available to download here. Since this project is working toward building consensus around key soft skills, comments and suggestions are invited by the Workforce Connections community of practice. Please email them to Rachel Carney at [email protected]

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Programa Para O Futuro - Enabling Disadvantaged Youth to Build New Futures

FHI 360

In this study, disadvantaged Brazilian youth participated in a year-long program that used technical skills training as the foundation for learning, while also developing the soft skills that are potentially more important for longer term success.

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