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.

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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
EDC's Heidi Kar staff portrait
Senior Project Director
Ronnie Lovich, Technical Director, Health Programs
Technical Director, Health Programs
Joyce Malyn-Smith
Managing Project Director
Lydia O'Donnell
Senior Vice President | Senior Fellow
Sarita Pillai
Managing Project Director
Elizabeth Miller Pittman
International Curriculum and Training Specialist
William Potter
Principal International Technical Advisor
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

Projects

Resources

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

Reports

This cost analysis study of the Akazi Kanoze 2 work readiness program in Rwanda was carried out from October 2015 to October 2017.

Studies

EDC’s Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) project in Guyana administered a coaching survey to more than 300 project training graduates. The purposes of the survey were to assess how helpful the coaches were for youth and which aspects of the coaching were most useful for youth when looking for a job, entering the workforce, or starting their own business.

Websites

The MekongSkills2Work website is an interactive network of job seekers, employers, universities, and training institutions in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Reports

EDC conducted a study to examine employment outcomes and employer satisfaction levels for a cohort of youth who had graduated from the USAID-funded Akazi Kanoze program, an EDC workforce development initiative in Rwanda.

Reports

This infographic shows the results of an evaluation of the Akazi Kanoze 2 Project in Rwanda.

Reports

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.

Reports

This report captures the results of a retrospective study implemented by the team for the Akazi Kanoze Accelerated Learning Program in Rwanda.

White papers

This occupational profile details the skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed for success in big data fields.

Reports

This report details the activities of the Accelerating Work Achievement and Readiness for Employment (AWARE) Project, which took a new approach to improve workforce development in Indonesia and the

Reports

This study evaluated the work of the Akazi Kanoze (AK) Youth Livelihoods Project in Rwanda to support youth entrepreneurs.  The report presents findings on the effectiveness of AK’s Entrepreneurshi