As the global youth unemployment crisis continues to make headlines, the annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference makes its way to Washington, D.C. With more than 400 participants from 53 countries headed to the conference this week, their conversations may just spark the innovative ideas and collaborations needed to reverse unemployment trends.
“Linking Youth to Rural Markets” is the special focus of this year’s conference, hosted by Making Cents International, a social enterprise that provides training and technical assistance to help vulnerable populations access markets and find meaningful work. Headliners at the conference include Jose Manuel Salazar of the International Labor Organization, Gabrielle Zedlmayer, vice president of sustainability and social innovation at Hewlett Packard, and Miguel Ángel Carreón, Mexico's director general at the Ministry of Youth.
Participants will listen to presentations and join conversations on a wide range of issues from involving women and girls in business to the helping youth develop marketable skills based on growth industries. A number of the panels revolve around creating meaningful jobs to keep youth employed and impassioned.
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Coming up: Mercy Corps' Tara Noronha and Rebecca Wolfe share how they engaged young people to conduct market surveys of their own communities to help them develop businesses that meet market demand.