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.
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.
A Success Story in Senegal
Meet Adama Diedhiou, a participant in EDC’s workforce development program in Senegal.
On the Path to Self-Reliance
EDC’s workforce development efforts in Rwanda are helping young people build the skills for work.
Crisis, Conflict, and Resilience
In times of crisis or conflict, some communities struggle while others pull together. It’s all about resilience.
Stories of Hope on International Women’s Day
Around the world, women are leading efforts to make life better for themselves, their families, and their communities.
A Brighter Future in Rwanda
In this video, one young program participant describes how a training program has changed her life.
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.
This fact sheet describes the importance of equity in STEM education.
EDC considers the impact of gender, inclusion, and social norms throughout the project life cycle, while respecting local culture.
A participatory research with youth and communities in Southern Philippines
Technology has proven to be one of the missing links in order to guarantee educational and workforce improvement in developing countries.
This program note presents summary findings of an evaluation study of the global Hewlett-Packard Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) program, conducted in China, India, Kenya, Nigeria,
This report presents key findings and lessons learned from the Garissa Youth and Yes Youth Can! North Eastern Region projects.
This program note summarizes key gender issues in livelihoods and workforce development programs and discusses EQUIP3's approach to addressing gender, using examples from specific EQUIP3 youth projects to illustrate lessons learned.
EDC’s Proyecto METAS conducted a survey in three at-risk urban communities in Honduras between March and May 2013.
In partnership with the Adobe Foundation, EDC created the Adobe Youth Voices Essentials, a set of open curricula and resources for educators to create breakthrough media-making learning experiences