Many times, we hear the saying: “youth are the future”. They certainly are… but what type of future can we offer to the 22 million youth who are currently out of school and out of work in Latin America and the Caribbean? Even though many young people have studied hard and received some kind of job training, they do not always find a good job. Maybe this … [Read more...] about Skills Needed: Training Young People for Real Jobs
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, User, WFinch Mentoring is a tool that has the potential to help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses, and in some cases change their lives. Models of mentoring are more widely available than ever before. Modern approaches emphasize that women benefit from a wide array of mentors—not only experienced and successful women, but also … [Read more...] about In search of effective mentoring programs for women entrepreneurs
In Latin America and the Caribbean, about one in every five youth between the ages of 15-24 is neither in school nor in the workforce. This amounts to roughly 25 million young people whose situation is affecting not only their present and future earnings, motivation and self-esteem, but also their society’s economic outlook and well-being! Are these “unattached” youth a “lost … [Read more...] about How can we help “unattached” youth transition into the work force?
A cloud of smoke billowed from downtown Port-au-Prince. News quickly spread that the dwellings of 1,500 families had been demolished by the Haitian government—some with only 24 hours’ notice—to make way for municipality buildings. Families once displaced by the 2012 earthquake now found themselves once again digging through rubble to salvage a few remaining family … [Read more...] about Haiti: getting resettlement right
If you are like me where you only visit your hometown a few times per year then you may understand when I say “visiting my hometown is filled with moments being relived through deep reflections that evoke varying emotions.” Well, last summer, on one of those rare trips, I met up with a childhood friend and immediately my mind started jogging down memory lane. My friend … [Read more...] about How do you measure the value of a dream?