Strong economies hinge upon youth having the skills they need to secure meaningful, well-paid work. Our programs help young people succeed in jobs, entrepreneurship, and ongoing career learning. We build our programs to better connect young people with mentors, training providers, and employers.

In the United States, we engage educators and business leaders in providing academically rigorous, work-based learning—career and technical, high school, and post-secondary—that leads to meaningful careers. Around the world, we emphasize soft skills as a means to employment and advancement. We specialize in using technology tools to enrich training for youth and instructors and to make job seeking easier.

Experts

Erik Butler
Distinguished Scholar
Kim Dash
Senior Research Scientist
Shai Fuxman staff portrait
Senior Research Scientist
Lauren Gilman
Director, MassTAPP
Ilene Kantrov
Director, Pathways to College and Careers
Heidi Kar staff portait
Senior Project Director
Deborah McLean Leow staff portrait
Project Director
Ronnie Lovich, Technical Director, Health Programs
Technical Director, Health Programs
Joyce Malyn-Smith
Managing Project Director
Lydia O'Donnell
Senior Vice President | Director, Health and Human Development Division
Sarita Pillai
Managing Project Director
Elizabeth Miller Pittman
International Curriculum and Training Specialist
William Potter
Principal International Technical Advisor
Sarah Ryan Staff Photo
Senior Research Associate
Melanie Sany
Senior Technical Advisor for Youth Livelihoods
Katherine Shields staff profile photo
Senior Research Associate
Jim Stanton staff portrait
Senior Project Director
Rebecca Jackson Stoeckle
Vice President | Director, Health and Technology
Tony Streit
Senior Project Director
Lisa Hartenberger Toby
Senior International Technical Advisor
Maria Valenti
Community Psychologist
Jim Vetter
Associate Director

Resources

Here are a few of our resources on youth and workforce development. To see more, visit our Resources section.

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This report details the key accomplishments and highlights of the USAID Mali Out-of-School Youth Project (PAJE- Nièta).
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This report examines the challenges and successes of USAID Philippines’ Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) program in partnering with the private sector.
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This website contains information about the Out-of-School Youth Literacy Assessment (OLA), a reading assessment administered one-on-one to youth and adults that was developed by EDC.
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EDC and the Massachusetts Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA) are working to transform developmental and adult basic education.

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This report details the work of EDC’s Proyecto METAS to improve education for employment, learning, and success in Honduras. Specific challenges to program implementation are discussed, as are innovative solutions.
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This guide supports educators in creating, planning, and implementing innovative media projects with young people as part of the Adobe Youth Voices program.

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English for Latin America (ELA) is an interactive audio instruction program created by EDC for use in schools in Latin America.

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EDC conducted a randomized controlled trial in Year 5 of the Akazi Kanoze (AK) project to measure whether, as a result of the project, youth showed a measurable change in employability and employme

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For two years, the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Learning Resource Center at EDC and the ITEST community engaged in a collaborative exploration of evidence-bas

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This paper presents EDC’s findings from the case studies of three National Science Foundation-funded STEM projects involving successful youth co-design team activities.