In this blog post, EDC’s Gustavo Payan discusses the epidemic of violence affecting youth in Honduras, and how an EDC program is providing them the opportunity to earn an education and a living despite the challenges they face.
“With the help of USAID, we started monitoring newspapers, and now we are developing another application to monitor Twitter and Facebook,” says Arbër Ibrahimi of Prime DB, a media monitoring organization supported by the Young Entrepreneurs Program.
Mergïm Cahani of Phronesis Technologies went to school in the United States and then returned to Kosovo to work. “There are great opportunities in Kosovo, and they show great potential,” he says. With support from the Young Entrepreneurs Project, Phronesis has developed Gjirafa, a search engine, and Izi Survey, which helps users create online surveys.
Goran Milenković runs MG Mondial, a fast-growing cleaning business that works with local municipalities, nongovernmental organizations, and construction companies. With help from the Young Entrepreneurs Program, he is expanding his business with a new machine that plows snow in the winter and cuts grass in the summer.
Established in 2011, Taulant Koshi’s business exports products, such as ketchup, mayonnaise, and jam, throughout the region as well as to Germany and Italy. A grant from the Young Entrepreneurs Project is helping the business increase its capacity and hire more employees. “We are amongst top exporters in Kosovo in the food industry,” he says. “We stimulate as much as we can the local economy.”
Applying what he learned through the Young Entrepreneurs Program, Muhamet Duka today runs a successful raspberry-growing business. “When I started alone, I had a different management style.” he says. “But with the help of USAID, which organized gatherings and information exchanges, I learned different methods of how to deal with raspberries in the best possible manner.”
The Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) is transforming the lives of youth in Kosovo by supporting the growth of small businesses. Watch as young men and women, such as Muhamet Duka and Flutura Dedinja, explain how support from YEP has enabled them to realize their dreams of launching their own businesses.
A former teacher, Shpëtim Thaçi had a dream that Kosovo could produce its own chalk. With support from the Young Entrepreneurs Program, he was able to buy the equipment he needed. “The amount I could produce in three to four months would meet the annual needs Kosovo has for chalk,” he says. He plans to expand his business to Albania within the next few years.
The Hewlett-Packard Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HPLIFE)is a global program that helps students, potential entrepreneurs, and small business owners establish and grow their businesses by providing online and face-to-face training in IT and business skills. EDC has developed an online modular curriculum for HPLIFE that covers the topics of finance, marketing, operations, and communication.
The YES (Youth Employability Skills) Network will connect the supply and demand side of labor in Macedonia through various interventions in order to raise the quality of workers and connect them more readily to jobs.
This project aims to enhance the capacity of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes’ to operate tribal juvenile detention centers that offer culturally appropriate, comprehensive support services and educational and vocational programming in green technologies to detained and reentering youth.
The goals of this program are to reduce recidivism rates and increase successful transitions back into youths’ communities, along with increased employment opportunities for them.
EDC contributes to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s economic growth by identifying “high impact” information and communication technologies (ICT) applications that will quickly and significantly improve the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in entire industries.
The Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) project in Guyana seeks to strengthen youth’s access to justice and equip youth with market-driven skills and attitudes to improve their ability to transition to the workforce. SKYE will target a total of approximately 600 youth beneficiaries who do not have the necessary education, skills and behaviors for integration into the workforce; many will be school dropouts and/or involved in the juvenile justice system.
The Garissa Youth Project (G-Youth Project) aims to empower youth in Kenya make sound career and life decisions as they transition from high school to the next phase of their lives. The project is also building the capacity of local institutions and networks to sustain the much-needed services that G-Youth will provide.
Prepara Ami ba Serbisu (PAS), which translates to “Preparing Us for Work,” is a workforce preparation program in Timor-Leste that assists rural youth (ages 16–30), many of whom dropped out of school and have little opportunity other than subsistence farming. These youth gain the skills and expertise needed to find self-employment or job opportunities and more promising futures. Over 1,500 men and women graduated from the program’s eight-month combination of off-the-job classroom instruction, on-the-job training, and livelihood accompaniment.
The Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) aims to better prepare Kosovo youth for work in a growing market economy and for engaged citizenship in a developing democracy. To meet this goal, the YEP team will work together with selected market areas, engaging employers and other local, regional, and national leaders to blend together resources, skills, and policies for a sustainable system of opportunities and supports for out of school and out of work young people.
The HP LIFE e-Learning program, developed by EDC and HP together with a team of partners, includes free, interactive online courses to help budding entrepreneurs create, establish, and grow successful businesses. The program is being widely disseminated in time for Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 12–16.
EDC’s Akazi Kanoze youth livelihood program in Rwanda graduated its latest class of 3,037 trainees in a ceremony featuring the country’s first lady and minister of education. The four year project is targeting 15,000 youth by January 2014.