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Youth Employment Opportunity Areas

Opportunity Areas
In the Research phase we explored many lenses on building better employment opportunities and pathways for young people – from stories of personal transformation to analogous learnings from existing programs.   

On the back of all these insights, we’ve identified six opportunity areas that we can use as jumping off points as we brainstorm new solutions in the  Ideas phase. 
          Re-imagine Learning
           Support Pioneers
          Get Back on Track
                    Re-think Recruiting
               Create Connections
                Twist What Exists
Re-imagine Learning
How might we engage schools, employers, NGOs and governments to equip youth with career skills while continuing to encourage creativity in education?

Learning plays a significant role in developing both soft and hard skills in preparation for  21st century jobs.  Even those who have gone through traditional education may lack abilities relevant to employers such as critical problem solving.   

Encouraging youth to embrace failure, learn-by-doing and collaborate across disciplines can all help bolster creative confidence and innovative thinking. Digital delivery of various forms of education presents further opportunities to include more youth than ever before.
Placing youth at community organizations.
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Failure of Uganda education to empower youth leaders.
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Support Pioneers
How might we support young people to pioneer new types of employment and entrepreneurship?

From their creative curiosity that welcomes new challenges to their innovative use of technology, young people around the world are re-writing the workforce and altering traditional pathways to employment.  Let’s invest in these risk takers and build upon this pioneering spirit to unleash fresh employment opportunities that will include even more young people.
 
Transforming youth into job creators
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Employment that marries expertise and passions
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Get Back on Track
How might we support youth who face specific obstacles and challenges to gain employment?

For a myriad of reasons, many young people face challenges in staying focused on their education and employment pursuits. Some of them may have had fewer opportunities than others which could lead to a decrease in motivation, understanding of or access to relevant pathways  towards employment.  Let’s think about ways that support them to discover and focus their talents – and pave an inclusive road to success with our fresh thinking.
Social enterprise empowering foster children
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Not served by traditional employment paths
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Re-think Recruiting
How might we re-think the recruiting process to align the needs of employers with potential employees’ talent?

Forward-thinking employers around the world are developing creative ways of testing skills such as collaboration and problem solving. However, many talented young people still struggle with traditional recruiting approaches. Re-defining talent and how it is sought also presents ample opportunities for addressing this bottleneck in the employment ecosystem.
 
Critical experience to launch careers
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Hire based on solving a challenge
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Create Connections
How might we enable youth to identify and pursue employment opportunities through strengthened networks and  improved access to information?

Young people may lack the networks and connections that are traditionally the major sources of access to job opportunities. Yet  most people get their first jobs through networks of families, friends and/or acquaintances. Let’s support young people to identify sources and create connections to learn about available employment opportunities,  effective application techniques and how to follow up once they have applied to a job.
mobile tech sustains farming communities
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Kenyan Facebook Farm 
Nurturing movement of online farmers
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Twist What Exists
How might we build better employment opportunities and pathways  by bringing existing successful approaches and concepts to new communities?

During our Research phase we learned about exciting initiatives that are already creating employment opportunities and pathways. Starting with the crucial components of these successful initiatives, let’s remix and recontextualize, invert and iterate, extend and expand these towards new horizons for increased impact.
Ashoka Changemakers
Network prioritizing empathy in education
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Educate!
Boosting Uganda livelihoods
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