Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev)


Ongoing conflict in the Mindanao region of the Southern Philippines has led to wide displacement of residents, lack of essential services, and high rates of poverty and youth unemployment. As in many regions of conflict, formal economic, educational, and civic opportunities are scarce—a combination of factors that pushes many young people toward participating in idle pursuits.

EDC is working with the government of the Philippines and local partners to strengthen peace and stability in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao through the USAID-funded Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) Program. MYDev aims to actively engage out-of-school youth (OSY) in workforce and community development activities, contributing to incremental gains in mutual trust and social capital that underpin local area stability, security, and prosperity.

Key Activities

MYDev seeks to engage at least 19,000 out-of-school youths in workforce and community development activities. The project’s activities include the following:

  • Implement livelihood skills trainings for youth through the Department of Education’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and local service agencies in selected conflict-affected areas in Mindanao
  • Support equitable access to basic education and high school equivalency courses through the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning Systems
  • Deliver EDC’s Work Ready Now! curriculum to enable young people to think critically and act creatively while demonstrating effective work habits, communication skills and interaction, and disciplined personal conduct in the workplace
  • Provide capacity building to local OSY development alliances

Read more about MYDev in "Welding Hopes and Dreams: Out-of-School Youth in the Philippines Forge a Brighter Future" and "Teachers in Crisis Contexts: Promising Practices in Teacher Management, Professional Development, and Wellbeing."


  • Engaged over 19,860 out-of-school youths in MYDev’s life skills and Alternative Learning System or technical-vocational training
  • Facilitated the completion of training by 16,220 OSY and the national certification of 11,489 OSY
  • Established OSY development alliances in eight cities and municipalities, convening local governments and national government agencies, academe, and the private sector to conduct local market analyses, provide guidance to local training service providers on skills training courses, and link OSY to employment
  • Organized OSY summits at eight sites to allow youth to demonstrate newly acquired skills, showcase products, and present entrepreneurial business plans, as well as to provide youth with links to job referrals

Learn More

Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev)
Alejandra Bonifaz
EDC Staff
Nancy Wallace
U.S. Agency for International Development

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Republic of the Philippines Department of Education; Bureau of Alternative Learning, Republic of the Philippines Department of Education; Local government units (mayor’s office); Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO); Local service providers: Notre Dame University; Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc. (ZABIDA); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Central Mindanao Integrated Livelihood Assistance and Resource Development Foundation, Inc. (CEMILARDEF); United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD); Nagdilaab Foundation; Technical vocational institutes.