For decades, nonprofits have been talking about how to use technology effectively. While the tools and platforms have kept evolving—CD-ROMs are ancient relics, having a website has become a standard part of doing business, and new buzzwords abound—technology companies’ outlooks seem to be changing too.
Even 25 years ago young people in Sub-Saharan Africa had started turning their backs on their parents’ traditional agriculture-based work and lives for what they saw as more exciting and lucrative opportunities in the big city.
A few weeks ago I was invited to tag along as the photographer on a site visit to Year Up Baltimore, the local branch of a professional job training corps for young people in 17 U.S. cities. Partners from our EquipYouth initiative were visiting from as far as Brazil and South Africa, and they were eager to exchange experiences and information with this organization that trains Baltimore’s youth in ways that parallel their own work and what IYF does. And me? As a long-time resident who loves this city for better or worse, I was curious to see Year Up’s impact here.
Like many young women growing up in disadvantaged communities in Chile, Helen Mendoza began raising a family at an early age—delaying her education and first career steps in order to care for her children. By the time she was able to pursue a job, Helen lacked the...
I am talking human resources with Deddy Dermawanto in the young business owner’s office in Bekasi, a densely populated suburb of Jakarta. In here, away from the city’s noise and traffic, the walls are covered in certificates; a few awards stand on a shelf in the corner. Deddy, a successful past participant in IYF’s Young Entrepreneurs Start-Up (YES) initiative, points out a few.
Our collective efforts have yet to open fully the doors of opportunity to millions of young women who every day seek the dignity and independence that comes only with a decent and stable job.
The recently published United Nation’s 2015 Human Development Report, Work for Human Development, offers a timely and convincing contribution to the global conversation around how to secure greater advancements for the next generation and beyond.
When I last saw Alejandro Jaimes, in September of 2015, he was working in Mexico’s northern industrial heartland of Nuevo Leon as the regional director of CONALEP, part of the country’s vocational training system. A month later he was unemployed, as can happen to any government official when elections bring in a new regime. So, what will happen to the changes that Alejandro and his team introduced?
With every new place I visit, I find a new and stimulating team of young professionals who will be trained as youth-to-youth facilitators, mentors, and counselors. And with every new team, the same faces come to my mind: the young people that started it all, back in 2011 in Ciudad Juarez.
In January, IYF welcomed Emmanuel Jimenez, PhD, to its Board of Directors. He shares his thoughts on the critical role of evaluation in achieving IYF’s mission.