The International Youth Foundation (IYF) this week teamed up with the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and CNBC in a media and educational event designed to call attention to the crisis of youth unemployment and rally corporate and government support to address the problem. This special initiative, called the Global Youth Employment Agenda, sponsored a conference in London on the subject—as well as a series of TV interviews that raised public awareness about youth employment. The panel discussion, moderated by CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, featured the UK’s Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, with corporate leaders from Siemens, Manpower, and others as well as IYF’s President and CEO Bill Reese serving as panelists.

“The rate of youth unemployment not only affects economic development in a region or a country,” said Mr. Reese. “It also impacts the peace and stability of our societies.” 

In addition to participating in the conference, Bill Reese appeared on CNBC’s financial news program “Closing Bell” – (watch) an interview that aired live around the globe, and  was a featured guest blogger  on the CNBC website.

The two-day London event also featured Jacob Korenblum, a Global Fellow of IYF’s YouthActionNet® program who heads up Souktel, a cell-phone based employability program to help Palestinian youth find jobs. IYF Board member Sir David Bell, Former Chair of the Financial Times and Pearson Inc., was the guest speaker at the closing luncheon. 

This is the first of a series of planned events tied to the Global Youth Employment Agenda that will continue to promote a sense of urgency around the issue of global youth joblessness as well as the range of solutions that companies and governments can team up together in support of expanding and employment and entrepreneurship opportunities among today’s youth.