For me, getting the numbers right—particularly when they are measuring young people’s wellbeing—is critically important to how we shape meaningful youth development programs and strategies. Unfortunately, statistics around youth employment, perhaps the most significant indicator of whether a young person will lead a productive and successful life, may not paint an accurate or complete picture.
The call came while I was in a meeting. My mind was on the group discussions as I stepped out of the room and distractedly answered, “Hello, how can I help you?” The connection was bad, every other word barely audible. Amidst the lost phrases, I was able to piece together “My name is Clerina - I benefited from IYF’s CYEP program - and I am calling to say thank you.”
Like their counterparts around the world, one of the main difficulties Peruvian companies report is finding trained staff with technical knowledge and good soft skills. According to Cantol S.A., a metallurgical company that has been producing locks and other security products for more than 40 years, found a solution by hiring graduates of the EquipYouth initiative.
What always amazes me when I’m there is the remarkable resilience and stubborn sense of hope that so many young Palestinians share.
Even 25 years ago young people in Sub-Saharan Africa had started turning their backs on their parents’ traditional agriculture-based work and lives for what they saw as more exciting and lucrative opportunities in the big city.
A few weeks ago I was invited to tag along as the photographer on a site visit to Year Up Baltimore, the local branch of a professional job training corps for young people in 17 U.S. cities. Partners from our EquipYouth initiative were visiting from as far as Brazil and South Africa, and they were eager to exchange experiences and information with this organization that trains Baltimore’s youth in ways that parallel their own work and what IYF does. And me? As a long-time resident who loves this city for better or worse, I was curious to see Year Up’s impact here.
Like many young women growing up in disadvantaged communities in Chile, Helen Mendoza began raising a family at an early age—delaying her education and first career steps in order to care for her children. By the time she was able to pursue a job, Helen lacked the...
Nineteen-year-old Oussama and his five siblings grew up in a two-room home in Bordj El Kiffan, a sprawling suburb in northern Algeria. He grew up knowing the importance of hard work, and he also witnessed what can happen when you don’t have something to strive for in life.
The campus of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore was abuzz with activity. Participants from across the learning spectrum had gathered for the annual Quest 2 Learn summit. The two-day event centered on the most pressing issue in skills development: bridging the gap between education and the skills required in today’s workforce.
The recently published United Nation’s 2015 Human Development Report, Work for Human Development, offers a timely and convincing contribution to the global conversation around how to secure greater advancements for the next generation and beyond.