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.
Read "Opening the Door to the Future" to learn more about EDC's work to support youth and workforce development.
From Service to STEM
Military service prepares women veterans with the leadership and technical skills needed to succeed in STEM. How can we help more make that transition?
Delivering Work Readiness Skills via Mobile Phone
Coronavirus restrictions are changing the way young people in Rwanda learn the skills needed for economic success.
Growing the Data Science Workforce in Massachusetts
EDC partners with industry to solve one of the Commonwealth’s biggest workforce challenges.
Bringing Biotech Learning to East Boston High School Students
Amgen Biotech Experience puts “Eastie High” youth on pathway to science careers.
For Job Skills Training, Check Your WhatsApp
In Djibouti, EDC is using the messaging app to help young people prepare for work.
More Than Business as Usual for Youth Entrepreneurs
With new skills, young entrepreneurs become community leaders.
How Should Schools Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future?
The workplace as we know it is changing rapidly. How can schools adapt?
4 Ways to Strengthen Youth Programs in Conflict and Crisis Areas
Building youth programs in unstable regions can be challenging. Here are four ideas for practitioners.
This report captures the accomplishments of USAID’s Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) Program, implemented by EDC.
This cost analysis study of the Akazi Kanoze 2 work readiness program in Rwanda was carried out from October 2015 to October 2017.
This guide provides youth-serving program developers and practictioners with a practical set of suggestions and reference materials to improve youth livelihood development practices and to expand programming in this important area.
Through WRN Workplace, work-based learning is integrated into EDC’s Work Ready Now program to make learning come alive outside of the classroom.
This report summarizes the lessons learned and methodology developed in establishing work-based learning (WBL) in Rwandan schools.
This report details the activities of the Accelerating Work Achievement and Readiness for Employment (AWARE) Project, which took a new approach to improve workforce development in Indonesia and the
Ruwwad is a Palestinian Youth Empowerment Project, implemented by EDC and funded by USAID.
This Employability Study was conducted in Honduras to better understand the characteristics of those youth that are receiving the Career Readiness Certification (CRC) and to what extent youth have
This brief describes the importance of expanding access to computer science (CS) learning and details EDC’s work to ensure all students have high-quality CS educations.
This website contains information about the Out-of-School Youth Literacy Assessment (OLA), a reading assessment administered one-on-one to youth and adults that was developed by EDC.