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Two Simple Green Changes for Jobs for Youth

These changes are very doable and are relatively easy and cheap to implement.

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Two Simple Green Changes for Jobs for Youth: 

* Green Jobs for a Green Future 

From the Rising Sun Energy Center in California to the Kibera Youth Community Programme in Kenya to the  Energy and Resources Institute in India, green-jobs programs for youth are proliferating and succeeding around the world. 

We know that we need to switch to renewable energy. And we know that the switch creates new jobs. We just need to do it on a larger scale. 

* â€‹Farm in the City, Jobs in the City

Could vertical farms in cities solve the youth unemployment crisis? A return to local agriculture could be the answer.

Who does this idea benefit, who are the main players and what's in it for them?

This proposal benefits both those without jobs as well as those with low-paying jobs. Plus, wherever these policies are implemented people in the local communities will benefit by having access to fresher and more affordable fruits and vegetables. And, if implemented in combination with out carbon-mitigating policies, everyone around the world will benefit from the abatement of climate change and the security of a stable climate.

How is your idea specifically increasing access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people?

The combination of these two solutions will spur the creation of millions of jobs, particularly for youth, all while greening the economy and abating climate change.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

These ideas already are working on a small local scale. It's time for them to be implemented on a national and international scale.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

Wo wants to work on it?

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  • An individual

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • I'm more throwing the idea out there to inspire potential implementers
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NPR: Green Pathways to Youth Employment


"Youth Employment Opportunities in Renewable Energy" produced by Education Development Center

USAID-Training Youth for Energy Jobs.pdf

USAID: Training Youth for Energy Jobs

UNDP-Green Jobs for Women and Youth.pdf

UNDP: Green Jobs for Women and Youth


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Great graphics and video and great ideas. Isles in Trenton, NJ is doing just what you suggest is you want another model. The green economy is growing so preparing and linking youth to green businesses is a good long-term strategy. Many youth also care a lot about the environment, so I imagine such an initiative would be attractive to them. Good luck.

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Thanks Liz!

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