The FunWorks is a digital library of career exploration resources for youth ages 11 to 15. The FunWorks provides “real world” experiences and uses children’s current interests and passions, such as music and sports, to help them explore exciting future careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The site was designed for and by children—over 300 young people have participated in the design and launch of this one-of-a-kind collection from the initial concept to design, usability testing, and launch.
Global Kids and GameLab, an independent game company, have developed an innovative curriculum for engaging minority youth in the development and dissemination of online games. Called Playing for Keeps (P4K), the games are designed to educate youth around the world about important social issues.
Global Kids will conduct P4K on an annual basis as an afterschool program, enabling participating students to publish one professional-level, Web-based game each year.
EDC offers youth development professionals and educators comprehensive services and resources for using technology to create exciting learning environments. Created by the Morino Institute and now led by EDC, YouthLearn provides user-friendly tools to help organizational leaders and staff start or strengthen afterschool and in-school programs.
EDC is commissioned by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to design, develop, and pilot test a Web site based on the Exploring humanitarian law (EHL) materials. Created to improve the efficiency and quality of the EHL program, the Web site will enable the ICRC to disseminate international humanitarian law among adolescents worldwide. The Web site will include online events, interactive content, and resource materials for teachers and teacher educators.
Proyecto METAS enables at-risk youth in Honduras gain the job skills, knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and life perspectives needed to create positive futures, as well as providing local companies with the skilled workforce needed to compete in international markets.
Through this program 10,000 students in 12 schools in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa are receiving health education, health services, and computer education. A mobile van is traveling around to communities in the areas providing these services. EDC developed the health education curriculum, trained health educators, and is assisting in the planning and evaluation of this project for Mpilonhle, a South African NGO.
Eyes on Bullying is a national, multimedia bullying prevention program designed to provide parents and caregivers with user-friendly and effective ways to learn the essential principles of bullying prevention. The multimedia program, initially developed for IBM employees, includes a 42-page Toolkit with key information, resources, and six skill-building activities for caregivers and parents to use with children.
EDC officially launched the USAID-supported Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) training project for trainers in Guyana. Project leaders say the course will last two weeks, and will look at critical issues pertaining to linking youth opportunities in the country.
PAJE-Nièta (Projet d’Appui aux Jeunes Entrepreneurs or Support to Youth Entrepreneurs Project) is a five-year youth development initiative The project works to provide 10,000 rural, out-of-school youth with improved basic education, work readiness and technical training, social and leadership development, and accompaniment towards livelihood activities. Nièta means “progress” in Bambara, a Malian language.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has asked EDC to help expand education, skill-building, and employment for at-risk youth in the South American nation of Guyana, with the goal of reducing youth crime and violence by strengthening economic participation and civic engagement.
“It’s really hard when you don’t have an education, and there are no job opportunities. So when I started with this training, I realized I could earn money.” For Norally Serra of Labuan, a small fishing village in Zamboanga City, Philippines, an EDC-managed training helped her to help her family.
Ruthatana Patrick used the skills he learned in an EDC youth livelihoods program to form a business cooperative that specializes in silkworm, fish, and rabbit farming. Now he’s the president of the co-op, but his dreams are even bigger: “My goal is to place myself among the most upstanding citizens of the country.”
Amid great fanfare, the president of the West African nation of Mali, Amadou Toumani Touré, launched a new national program to address youth unemployment through education and training. Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), will implement the program known as PAJE-Nièta (“Support to Youth Entrepreneurs Project”), which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under the portfolio of youth development programs known as EQUIP3.
Fatuma Mohamed is a participant in EDC’s Garissa Youth Project (G-Youth) in Kenya. She enrolled in the work-readiness training and then the entrepreneurship program, where she learned how to conceptualize and write a business plan as well as the nuts and bolts of running a business. Listen as Fatuma describes how a small grant from G-Youth paved the way to the opening of her own beauty salon.
Before January 12, Charlèus Louristan, Widny Laurent, and Modline Occy were working toward a brighter future by studying carrelage (laying paving stones) as participants in EDC’s Haitian Out-of-School Youth Livelihood Project (IDEJEN).
Then the earthquake struck Haiti, changing their worlds forever. Despite what they endured that day, Louristan, Laurent, and Occy remained connected to IDEJEN, which turned from creating education programs and helping impoverished youth develop work skills to responding to the urgent needs of the community.
In the aftermath of the January 12th earthquake EDC’s Haitian Out-of-School Youth Livelihood Project (IDEJEN) is helping youths rebuild their futures.
Widny Laurent, 18, is sleeping with neighbors under a makeshift tent at Place Boyer in Pétionville, Port-au-Prince. And he has been since January 12 when the earth—and his life—underwent a shocking upheaval.
A member of the Hopi Nation, Stephanie Autumn directs EDC’s Tribal Youth Program, which seeks to prevent delinquency and improve juvenile justice systems for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. She and a colleague recently traveled to the Red Cliff Reservation in Wisconsin, home of the Red Cliff band of the Ojibwe tribe, for a site visit.