It is incredibly important that we all recognize the value add that youth can provide in helping to move the sector towards stronger, more impactful interventions and solutions for youth employment. What is more is providing youth with authentic opportunities to lead also fosters their own leadership and development too.
Some examples I can share:
The Make Your Job program with Citi Foundation partner, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), is empowering low-income youth to develop the entrepreneurial mindset and business skills to make their own job and succeed in the modern workplace. A unique characteristic of the program has been for program alumni to return and provide their expertise and experiences in helping to design programs.
Citi Foundation partner, America’s Promise Alliance, traditionally adds one youth board member and one youth trustee, between the age of 16-22, each year. Each young person elected becomes a full voting member of the leadership bodies and is considered a valuable asset to the strategic direction of the organization.
Youth are proving themselves to be vital stakeholders and key players in advancing dialogue and shaping interventions that can drive the future success of youth employability.