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.
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.
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 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.
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.
English for Latin America (ELA) is an interactive audio instruction program created by EDC for use in schools in Latin America.
These stories from a faces behind the success of the Akazi Kanoze 2 work readiness program in Rwanda.
Through WRN Workplace, work-based learning is integrated into EDC’s Work Ready Now program to make learning come alive outside of the classroom.
This occupational profile details the skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed for success in big data fields.
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)
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.