WASHINGTON, DC | September 17, 2010
Practitioners from around the world will gather for a provocative forum about youth and work, hosted by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). EDC will also unveil the new EQUIP3 website “Preparing4Work,” designed to create and expand youth livelihood development programs around the world.
Nearly 100 practitioners from government, foundations, and other implementing organizations are slated to participate in the event on September 27 in EDC’s Washington offices at 1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW. Attendees will take part in a panel discussion and explore features of the website (www.preparing4work.org), a growing online compendium of materials and curricula used to develop work readiness, entrepreneurial, technical, and life skills to youth worldwide.
“We are pleased to host our partners and peers in the field of international youth development,” said EDC’s Erik Butler, director of EQUIP3. “We look forward to sharing our new Preparing4Work website as both a valuable new tool for practitioners and as a platform for further discussion on the topic of youth and work readiness.”
The site allows users to choose curricula specifically suited to their programs and also guides practitioners through the adaptation of a curriculum to various contexts. In addition to demonstrating the new site, EDC will moderate a panel of noted youth development specialists who will discuss work in the area of youth livelihoods and how the new site can fill needs in youth programming.
Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the website grew out of a need expressed by implementers in the United States and abroad for easily accessible, high-quality curricula. The site is designed for practitioners, from large U.S.-based organizations to small local NGOs, who offer programs to meet the needs of out-of-school and out-of-work youth across the globe.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that develops, delivers, and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. Visit www.edc.org. EQUIP3: Learning and Earning for Out-of-school Youth is a program designed to engage and prepare out-of-school youth for their roles within the world of work, civil society, and family life. Funded by USAID, it is implemented by EDC and a consortium of organizations with diverse areas of expertise.