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.

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
Heidi Kar staff portait
Senior Project Director
Deborah McLean Leow staff portrait
Project Director
Ronnie Lovich, Technical Director, Health Programs
Technical Director, Health Programs
Joyce Malyn-Smith
Managing Project Director
Lydia O'Donnell
Senior Vice President | Director, Health and Human Development Division
Gustavo Payan
Project Director | Youth Development Specialist
Elizabeth Miller Pittman
International Curriculum and Training Specialist
William Potter
Principal International Technical Advisor
Sarah Ryan Staff Photo
Senior Research Associate
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

Resources

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

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This robust website includes video-based case studies of six girls as they investigate what it means to be a scientist or engineer.

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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

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Designed by EDC and the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) initiative includes an interdisciplinary high school curriculum, professional development, and a successful

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This report examines the challenges and successes of USAID Philippines’ Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) program in partnering with the private sector.
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This collection of essays shares insights and strategies from EDC’s work to support teachers’ professional learning, as well as links to an array of EDC’s resources for teachers.
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This paper presents EDC’s findings from the case studies of three National Science Foundation-funded STEM projects involving successful youth co-design team activities.

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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

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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.
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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

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This guide supports educators in creating, planning, and implementing innovative media projects with young people as part of the Adobe Youth Voices program.