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.

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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.

Reports

This report describes the results of a randomized controlled study of the Akazi Kanoze 2 workforce development program. The study, which involved more than 1,500 young people during Year 1 of the three-year program, showed the participants were 8 percent more likely to land jobs than youth who did not participate. In addition, the study also showed increased work readiness and increased confidence in job-seeking.

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 report is an external evaluation of the work of the Akazi Kanoze 2 work readiness project to integrate a work-readiness curriculum and school-to-work transition program into the Rwandan education system.

Websites

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.

Studies

EDC’s Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) project in Guyana administered a coaching survey to more than 300 project training graduates. The purposes of the survey were to assess how helpful the coaches were for youth and which aspects of the coaching were most useful for youth when looking for a job, entering the workforce, or starting their own business.

Reports

This report details the work of EDC’s Proyecto METAS to improve education for employment, learning, and success in Honduras. Specific challenges to program implementation are discussed, as are innovative solutions.

Reports

This report analyzes survey data from 200 participants in USAID-funded, EDC-implemented youth programs in North East Kenya and Honduras.

Reports

EDC conducted a study to examine employment outcomes and employer satisfaction levels for a cohort of youth who had graduated from the USAID-funded Akazi Kanoze program, an EDC workforce development initiative in Rwanda.

Reports

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,

Reports

These stories from a faces behind the success of the Akazi Kanoze 2 work readiness program in Rwanda.