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.

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Projects

Resources

Here are a few of our resources on youth and workforce development. To see more, visit our Resources section.

Websites

This robust website includes video-based case studies of six girls as they investigate what it means to be a scientist or engineer.

Reports

This study evaluated the work of the Akazi Kanoze (AK) Youth Livelihoods Project in Rwanda to support youth entrepreneurs.  The report presents findings on the effectiveness of AK’s Entrepreneurshi

Websites

The MekongSkills2Work website is an interactive network of job seekers, employers, universities, and training institutions in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Reports

This final report for the Akazi Kanoze 2 (AK2) project in Rwanda summarizes the project's outcomes and outlines the priorities for sustainability.

Studies

This brief presents findings from a 2014 CADRE study of early career STEM education researchers and veteran principal investigators and their experiences with early career mentoring, either of them

Curricula

EDC and the Massachusetts Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA) are working to transform developmental and adult basic education.

Studies

This study provides policy makers and program planners interested in youth service programs in developing countries with a history of the evolution of youth service in different regions.

This 2-page document summarizes the impact of IDEJEN, the Haitian Out-of-School Youth Livelihood Initiative, which addresses the education and livelihood needs of youth ages 15-24 with little or no primary education.

White papers

The Indicators of College and Career Readiness, developed with support of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, provide a dashboard assessment of school-level activities associated with student-centered learning. The indicators include data from students and teachers on student achievement, academic mindset, engagement, access to rigorous learning opportunities, and post-graduate evidence of success.

Reports

This fact sheet describes the importance of equity in STEM education.