Understanding the Impact of Trauma & Mental Health on Youth Economic Opportunity: A Case Study from South Africa

Waves 4 Change, Ashoka Fellows
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. 
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Strengthening Youth Resilience in Conflict-Affected Areas Through Collective Impact

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.

Supporting Job Placement and Self-Employment for Refugee Youth: Lessons and Insights from Jordan

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.

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Countering Conflict with Opportunity: Examining the Role of Entrepreneurship to Drive Positive Social Impact and Youth Economic Opportunity in Conflict Affected Settings

Affinis Labs, Seeds of Peace

This presentation is situated at the intersection of conflict transformation and social innovation and explores the role of youth-led entrepreneurship to drive positive social impact in conflict affected settings. We hear insights from two different initiatives that are working in this space: the Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellowship, and Affinis Labs.

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Cognitive Behavioral Curriculum Prepares Youth for Second Chances: The Experience of “I am READY” with Central American Inmates and At-Risk Youth

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.

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Youth Economic Opportunities and Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: Unpacking the Relationship and Exploring Solutions

Fundacion Espacio Publico, Fundación Capital, El Colegio de México, Canada´s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Espacio Público, an independent Chilean think tank, with the support and collaboration of IDRC and the IADB, has coordinated a research project on youth education and labor decisions in 9 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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UNICEF’s Global Framework on Skills: From Theory to Practice


Young people are not developing the skills they need to be successful in the workforce. UNICEF proposes that a holistic approach to skill building strengthens youth confidence and has a higher success rate than a static approach. This idea is  demonstrated by UPSHIFT, a flagship UNICEF workshop that teaches marginalized youth the skills necessary to becoming social innovators and entrepreneuers. This presentation establishes UNICEF's research on youth workforce preparedness and provides case studies on the UPSHIFT Program's success in Kosovo and Jordan.

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PYD for CVE: How Youth Workforce Development Can More Actively Build Resiliency to Extremism

RTI International, Human Rights Agenda (HURIA)

Countering violent extremism (CVE) through youth workforce development programming leads youth to become positive change-makers in their communities. The Human Rights Agenda presents a case study from CVE efforts in violent extremism-prone areas in Kenya. Key finding include how unemployment contributes to violent extremism recidivism and the need for non-specific approaches to CVE.

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YouthPower Learning Webinar: Strategies for Engaging Youth Refugees: Lessons from Niger

YouthPower Learning
Jun 13, 2018 (09:00am to 10:00am)

Strategies for Engaging Youth Refugees: Lessons from Niger

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (EDT)