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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Experts

Erik Butler
Distinguished Scholar
Kim Dash
Senior Research Scientist
Shai Fuxman staff portrait
Senior Research Scientist
Lauren Gilman
Director, MassTAPP
Ilene Kantrov
Director, Pathways to College and Careers
EDC's Heidi Kar staff portrait
Senior Project Director
Ronnie Lovich, Technical Director, Health Programs
Technical Director, Health Programs
Joyce Malyn-Smith
Managing Project Director
Lydia O'Donnell
Senior Vice President | Senior Fellow
Sarita Pillai
Managing Project Director
Elizabeth Miller Pittman
International Curriculum and Training Specialist
William Potter
Principal International Technical Advisor
Melanie Sany
Senior Technical Advisor for Youth Livelihoods
Katherine Shields staff profile photo
Senior Research Associate
Jim Stanton staff portrait
Senior Project Director
Rebecca Jackson Stoeckle
Vice President | Director, Health and Technology
Tony Streit
Senior Project Director
Lisa Hartenberger Toby
Senior International Technical Advisor
Maria Valenti
Community Psychologist
Jim Vetter
Associate Director

Projects

Resources

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

Reports

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

White papers

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

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.

Reports

This report highlights key findings and recommendations from the workshop Youth, Mobile, and Employment, held in Kigali, Rwanda, in January 2014.

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

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

Reports

This report captures the results of a retrospective study implemented by the team for the Akazi Kanoze Accelerated Learning Program in Rwanda.

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 fact sheet describes the importance of equity in STEM education.

Reports

The report covers the results of a study that was done of the Akazi Kanoze Youth Livelihoods Project partner organizations.