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.
Read "Opening the Door to the Future" to learn more about EDC's work to support youth and workforce development.
From Service to STEM
Military service prepares women veterans with the leadership and technical skills needed to succeed in STEM. How can we help more make that transition?
Delivering Work Readiness Skills via Mobile Phone
Coronavirus restrictions are changing the way young people in Rwanda learn the skills needed for economic success.
Growing the Data Science Workforce in Massachusetts
EDC partners with industry to solve one of the Commonwealth’s biggest workforce challenges.
Bringing Biotech Learning to East Boston High School Students
Amgen Biotech Experience puts “Eastie High” youth on pathway to science careers.
For Job Skills Training, Check Your WhatsApp
In Djibouti, EDC is using the messaging app to help young people prepare for work.
More Than Business as Usual for Youth Entrepreneurs
With new skills, young entrepreneurs become community leaders.
How Should Schools Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future?
The workplace as we know it is changing rapidly. How can schools adapt?
4 Ways to Strengthen Youth Programs in Conflict and Crisis Areas
Building youth programs in unstable regions can be challenging. Here are four ideas for practitioners.
This white paper draws upon the results of a survey of 850 career and technical education (CTE) educators nationwide, 11 interviews with CTE state leaders, and recent literature to provide a panora
EDC considers the impact of gender, inclusion, and social norms throughout the project life cycle, while respecting local culture.
This 2-page document summarizes the impact of IDEJEN, the Haitian Out-of-School Youth Livelihood Initiative, which addresses the education and livelihood needs of youth ages 15-24 with little or no primary education.
This factsheet describes the development and implementation of the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC), which was included as part of the Akazi Kanoze 2 (AK2) Project, a youth work-readiness program
This report highlights key findings and recommendations from the workshop Youth, Mobile, and Employment, held in Kigali, Rwanda, in January 2014.
This report is an external evaluation of the work of the Akazi Kanoze 2 work readiness project to integrate a work-readiness curriculum and school-to-work transition program into the Rwandan education system.
EDC conducted a study to examine employment outcomes and employer satisfaction levels for a cohort of youth who had graduated from the USAID-funded Akazi Kanoze program, an EDC workforce development initiative in Rwanda.
The EQUIP3 Tourism Guide is intended to strengthen the capacity of managers (from government, NGOs, and the private sector) to assess, design, implement, and evaluate workforce development programs in the Tourism sector. A special focus of the Guide is on the development of programs that provide employment opportunities to youth ages 15-24.
These stories from a faces behind the success of the Akazi Kanoze 2 work readiness program in Rwanda.
This brief describes the importance of expanding access to computer science (CS) learning and details EDC’s work to ensure all students have high-quality CS educations.