EQUIP3/Haitian Out-of-School Youth Livelihood Initiative, or IDEJEN as the project is known locally, operates twelve youth centers. Each center provides 50 students between the ages of 15-20 with an education in basic reading, writing, and mathematics. Students also receive lessons in health, nutrition, conflict-resolution, and other life-skills. In addition, they learn a marketable trade such as sewing, woodworking, auto mechanics, handcrafts, hotel services, or agricultural businesses.
With half the world’s population under the age of 25 and 85 percent of young people ages 15-24 living in poverty, the US Agency for International Development has recently moved to focus more on preparing and engaging youth in constructive economic, political, and social activities.