The GCYE, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, hosted a two day Ideathon to co-design and invest in innovative collective impact solutions to the global youth employment challenge. The Ideathon was held at 1776, a global innovation network and start-up incubator in the Brooklyn’s Navy Yard and drew a diverse crowd of thought leaders from NGOs, private sector companies, and youth. From an open competition that saw 200 on-line submissions from 25 countries, 16 innovative ideas were selected by a panel of GCYE members and invited to “pitch” at the Ideathon. After a round of voting from event participants, 5 ideas were selected to receive “seed” funding and to work in partnership with RTI and Center members to support, test and evaluate ideas.
This curriculum presents an approach for introducing young people to LinkedIn and other digital professional networks to help them understand the multiple functions of the sites (e.g. signaling, networking, and labor market information) and develop the habit of using such tools throughout their careers. The curriculum was developed by RTI International and Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, and is calibrated for a short training course, such as Harambee’s 8-week training programs, though it could be easily adapted for short or longer training experiences.
YouthVoices is a pioneering digital initiative that seeks to tell stories of the global youth unemployment crisis as they are seen, heard and felt by young people around the world. Whether their stories are shared in text, photos, video or audio, The Ground Truth Project, in partnership with RTI International, is putting those who are most affected at the center of the conversation about youth and the economy with an aim to reengineer the international community’s response to the jobs crisis.