Like an infant who sees rapid physical changes in the short amount of time to toddlerhood, adolescents experience the same kind of rapid change in their social and emotional development on their way to adulthood. Traditional thinking on adolescence characterizes this as a time when youth display negative risk-taking behaviors. A Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach, long used in the United States and other industrialized countries, takes a different view.
Young people play a vital role in fostering global economic development. In the face of weak prospects for global economic growth, their involvement in the formal economy becomes increasingly relevant and urgent. In recent years, there has been much talk about the demographic dividend in most emerging economies and less-developed countries, a scenario where a larger proportion of the overall population is of working age. In Mexico, young people between 15 and 29 represent the largest age group.
Approaches to cultivating the resilient leaders of tomorrow
“Almost 43 percent of the global youth labor force is either unemployed or working, yet living in poverty,” according to Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015 by the International Labour Organization.
Worldwide, youth unemployment figures continue to be one of the most distressing statistics. They are a constant reminder of how much we have been neglecting education. Activating young people for the future of jobs is more critical than ever: Fighting unemployment is as much about jobs as it is about job creation. Europe’s start-up rates remain low compared to other parts of the world. Yes, we need skilled employees, but we also need more entrepreneurs and new businesses.
Bishal enrolled in Generation India’s General Duty Assistant (GDA) program, which trains young people to work in hospitals. After graduation he found a job at Max Smart Super Specialty Hospital in Delhi—and he performed so well that he was quickly promoted.
Lacking the money or connections to find a good job
Rose joined Generation Kenya in August 2015. After graduation she got a job as an insurance salesperson with Britam.
Generation stood with me
“Soon after I joined Generation, the worst happened – I lost my mother, the pillar of our family. I felt all hope was lost. But the Generation family stood with me and helped me restore hope. I will forever be grateful.”