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.
New Entrepreneurs Launched in Rwanda
EDC’s workforce development efforts in Rwanda are helping young people build the skills for work.
The Future of Work: 3 Ways to Prepare Now
We are racing toward an era where computers and humans collaborate to solve problems. Are we ready?
Working Up to Success
A work-readiness program that reaches 21,000 Rwandan students each year is helping youth across the country chart a new course for the future.
Bridging the Skills Gap for Youth
Employers in sub-Saharan Africa say they can teach job skills, but what they need are employees with soft skills. What are these skills, and how can young people get them?
Education on the Rise in Liberia
Improving opportunities for education, employment is changing the future for thousands of young adults in Liberia.
3 Ways to Boost Women's Opportunity
Women around the world face many barriers to education and independence. EDC experts discuss some solutions to these obstacles.
This is the executive summary for the report that describes the results of a randomized controlled study of the Akazi Kanoze 2 workforce development program.
This cost analysis study of the Akazi Kanoze 2 work readiness program in Rwanda was carried out from October 2015 to October 2017.
Young people around the world are landing jobs and founding businesses thanks to EDC’s workforce preparation programs. Phoebe Iragena, a young woman from Rwanda, is just one participant who is making use of her new skills. She recently opened her own clothing shop in Kigali.
This report analyzes survey data from 200 participants in USAID-funded, EDC-implemented youth programs in North East Kenya and Honduras.
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
This report presents key findings and lessons learned from the Garissa Youth and Yes Youth Can! North Eastern Region projects.
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.
This robust website includes video-based case studies of six girls as they investigate what it means to be a scientist or engineer.
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,
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.