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.

Reports

This collection of essays shares insights and strategies from EDC’s work to support teachers’ professional learning, as well as links to an array of EDC’s resources for teachers.

Fact sheets

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.

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.

Reports

This factsheet describes the work of the USAID-Lower Mekong Initiative Conecting the Mekong through Education and Training (USAID-LMI COMET) project to narrow the devleopment gap in Southeast Asia throught the MekongSkills2WorkNetwork.

Websites

English for Latin America (ELA) is an interactive audio instruction program created by EDC for use in schools in Latin America.

Reports

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

Fact sheets

Through WRN Workplace, work-based learning is integrated into EDC’s Work Ready Now program to make learning come alive outside of the classroom.

White papers

This occupational profile details the skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed for success in big data fields.

Apps

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)

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.