July 15, 2019
Today, Partners of the Americas commemorates World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) by recognizing the power of adequate skills training to combat youth unemployment.
The United Nations reports that there are 73 million youth (15 - 25 years old) currently unemployed worldwide. Additionally, youth are three times as likely to be unemployed as adults and are continually exposed to lower quality of jobs. Although education and training are key determinants of success in employment, both employers and youth believe that graduates are unprepared for the world of work.
This year, WYSD centers on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all under Sustainable Development Goal 4. At Partners, we work toward this goal by teaching youth marketable skills and emphasizing the importance of education to transform lives around the world.
We combat youth unemployment in the Americas and the Carribean by implementing programs such as A Ganar, which taught youth marketable skills. This sport-for-development program allowed at-risk youth to acquire valuable sport-based skills such as teamwork, communication, discipline, respect, results, and continual self-improvement. In 2018, more than 3,200 youth benefited from the program.
Partners also fights youth unemployment by promoting and protecting youth education. Child Protection projects, such as EducaFuturo and Asegurando La Educación, work to promote the importance of education and increase student enrollment. Our Educafuturo project worked to improve the educational outcomes of youth that are at-risk for child labor in Ecuador and Panama. Since it began, the project enrolled 6,183 children and youth in formal/non-formal education.
In Honduras, we work as a part of the USAID project, Asegurando La Educación, to implement our sports-for-development methodology, Programa de Aprendizaje Socioemocional (PASE). PASE provides quality life skills and technical training to youth in Honduras’s vulnerable communities.
Partners continues to support youth education with the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. Grants from 100,000 Strong in the Americas fuel strategic higher education partnerships and increase student exchange and training programs between the Americas. This program has sent more than 2,100 students abroad, where they develop skills to help them be more successful in the workforce.
Today, and every day, Partners supports young people to secure employment and reach their fullest potential for a better world. Learn more about World Youth Skills Day here.