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How to effectively launch youth into the workforce minimal cost, maximum employment

Por Mariel Sabra

Imagine if just about every single person in New York City were on the job hunt…at the same time!

That’s the case for youth in Latin America and the Caribbean: according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), 7.8 million of the region’s young people are looking for work. Youth unemployment for these youth ages 15-24 averages 13.4%, double the 6.3% general unemployment rate. This figure is particularly high for young women, at 17.2% versus 11.3% for young men. 

Jóvenes mexicanos: ¿listos para las energías renovables?

Por Elena Heredero Rodriguez

El fin del monopolio energético en México y la apertura a la inversión privada extranjera en el 2013 ha impulsado la creación de nuevos puestos de trabajo en el sector de las energías renovables. ¿Pero qué habilidades requieren estos empleos? ¿Están capacitados los trabajadores para responder a la demanda del sector privado? 

Springing up the education ladder in Haiti: From brain drain to brain gain

Por Nara Meli

“What is the point of college?” asked the New York Times’ Sunday Magazine recently. In the United States, the question of the value of investing in higher education stems from the steep price of attending college, particularly “for the average American household that doesn’t receive a lot of financial aid.”

Deportes, teatro y artes circenses ayudan a jóvenes en riesgo a insertarse en el mercado laboral

Por Claudio Cortellese

Por Claudio Cortellese and Mariel Sabra

Para la gran mayoría de los 160 millones de jóvenes de entre 15 y 29 años de edad en América Latina y el Caribe, la incorporación al mercado de trabajo no es nada fácil. El desempleo juvenil sigue rondando el 13%  –tres veces la tasa del desempleo adulto (5%). Cuando se divide por género, las mujeres jóvenes experimentan tasas de desempleo más altas que sus homólogos masculinos (17% vs. 11%). Y, de los jóvenes que han sido capaces de encontrar un puesto de trabajo, más de la mitad están empleados en el sector informal, según la Organización Internacional del Trabajo

How to scale up youth employment and entrepreneurship projects

Por Mariel Sabra

Countless organizations across the region aim to help youth fulfill their potential and be better prepared for jobs and their lives ahead. At the MIF, we’ve seen and supported many innovative youth training projects, including approaches that use sports, arts, or even circus acts. However, many such pilot-scale youth employment and entrepreneurship projects remain small. How can we at the MIF help them expand their reach to wider populations? And what are the critical factors that lead to their success or failure on a larger scale?