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.
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.
A Success Story in Senegal
Meet Adama Diedhiou, a participant in EDC’s workforce development program in Senegal.
On the Path to Self-Reliance
EDC’s workforce development efforts in Rwanda are helping young people build the skills for work.
Crisis, Conflict, and Resilience
In times of crisis or conflict, some communities struggle while others pull together. It’s all about resilience.
Stories of Hope on International Women’s Day
Around the world, women are leading efforts to make life better for themselves, their families, and their communities.
A Brighter Future in Rwanda
In this video, one young program participant describes how a training program has changed her life.
EDC’s Work Ready Now (WRN) delivers effective work readiness preparation to youth around the world. Based on international standards, WRN helps young people in emerging economies develop the soft skills and work readiness skills needed to succeed in earning a living.
This learning series summarizes the results of participant studies in the USAID Advancing Youth Project in Liberia. The studies explored topics in alternative basic education such as leadership,
English for Latin America (ELA) is an interactive audio instruction program created by EDC for use in schools in Latin America.
This 2-page results document highlights the successes of the Bangladesh Youth Employment Pilot, which prepares young men and women for work, particularly in Bangladesh's traditional prawn farming industry.
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
This infographic shows the results of an evaluation of the Akazi Kanoze 2 Project in Rwanda.
Developed for Adobe by EDC, the AYV Story app provides a close-up view of the experiences of the youth media makers and educators who participated in the Adobe Foundation’s Adobe Youth Voices (AYV)
This toolkit links parents to a wide array of resources—including “fast facts,” fun family activities, and scholarship info—to prepare children and youth to thrive in our wired world and its workplaces.
Honduran youths have the ability to generate strategies that can solve problems in the national context.
Technology has proven to be one of the missing links in order to guarantee educational and workforce improvement in developing countries.