Empowering youth to design their career journeys

The Youth-Led Solutions Initiative (YLSI): The Future of Work will contribute to young people's workforce readiness through a three-day educational Summit focusing on three new economies including green, care, and creative economies, after which young people will apply their knowledge in designing and testing solutions to local youth employment challenges or in business ideas, with support from the local YMCAs and mentors.

The duration of this programme is expected to be one year. The target number of young people is 1,000 from 100 communities.

Entity

World Alliance of YMCAs Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Financial and/or in-kind contribution

Partners

  • YMCA of the USA

    Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Financial and/or in-kind contribution

  • University of San Francisco

    Academic institution or scientific community

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • 4.7 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture's contribution to sustainable development
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
  • 10.1 By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average

description

The commitment will be delivered through 1) a virtual educational Summit and 2) the design and implementation of community solutions to local youth employment challenges. These solutions will be designed by young people, under the mentorship of the local YMCAs. The World YMCA organizes the Summit including outreach to youth employment experts and youth organizations, building partnerships, developing content for the sessions. The YLSI is governed by an organizing committee of young people and youth employment experts from the YMCA’s Community of Impact on youth economic empowerment.

The YLSI contributes to decent jobs for youth by building young people’s knowledge in the rapidly transforming world of work through a series of live talks, interactive workshops, mentoring sessions, and networking opportunities on:

• The future of work
• Employment pathways including entrepreneurship, apprenticeship
• Innovation through technology
• Jobs in green, care, and creative economies and
• SDGs in the context of a bright future of work.

Post-Summit, the young participants are invited to form Solutions teams and work with mentors to design solutions to local youth employment challenges and pitch their ideas to funders and with opportunities to implement the solutions in their communities, with the support of local YMCAs and mentors.

https://www.youthsolutions.ymca.int/
https://www.youthsolutions.ymca.int/

Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 1,000 youth employment stakeholders supported through technical assistance, capacity-building or peer learning

    4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

    Workshops during the summit and hands-on projects afterwards to support young participants of the summit.

    BY: Jul 2022

Start

07-Jun-2021

End

31-Jul-2022

USD 500,000

Estimated total value of the commitment

1,000

young people to benefit directly from this commitment

Target: All ages 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-35

Primarily:
  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young people in rural areas
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Low-income individuals
  • Non-low income individuals
  • Young people with low levels of education and/or drop-outs
  • Graduates of second-level education and students in third-level education or beyond

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