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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Director, International Youth and Workforce Development
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Projects

Resources

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

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.

Studies

This brief presents findings from a 2014 CADRE study of early career STEM education researchers and veteran principal investigators and their experiences with early career mentoring, either of them

Websites

This website contains information about the Out-of-School Youth Literacy Assessment (OLA), a reading assessment administered one-on-one to youth and adults that was developed by EDC.

Reports

EDC conducted a randomized controlled trial in Year 5 of the Akazi Kanoze (AK) project to measure whether, as a result of the project, youth showed a measurable change in employability and employme

Toolkits

This toolkit links parents to a wide array of resources—including “fast facts,” fun family activities, and scholarship info—to prepare children and youth to thrive in our wired world and its workplaces.

Reports

This final report for the Akazi Kanoze 2 (AK2) project in Rwanda summarizes the project's outcomes and outlines the priorities for sustainability.

Reports

This report surveys state-level efforts to improve access to K–12 computer science education opportunities in the United States.

Reports

This report examines the challenges and successes of USAID Philippines’ Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) program in partnering with the private sector.

Reports

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

Reports

This report describes the results of a randomized controlled study of the Akazi Kanoze 2 workforce development program. The study, which involved more than 1,500 young people during Year 1 of the three-year program, showed the participants were 8 percent more likely to land jobs than youth who did not participate. In addition, the study also showed increased work readiness and increased confidence in job-seeking.