YOUTH AT WORK is an initiative launched in late 2019 through a collaboration among the Global Community of Practice on Scaling Development Outcomes, MSI, World Learning, the World Bank, USAID, and the Organization and Workforce Lab (OWL) at Rice University, along with representatives from over two dozen organizations promoting youth employment. The Youth At Work initiative, now joined with the Youth Workforce working group of the Scaling Up Community of Practice, seeks to engage a group of practitioners, youth leaders, policy experts, government officials and strategic thinkers in continuing dialogue and a series of thought-leadership events to share knowledge, best practices, and lessons-learned on scaling up youth employment programs globally. Enriching the discussion in this manner serves to enhance the learning agenda on scaling up youth employment programs globally, ultimately to achieve better youth employment outcomes at scale.
The partners held the half-day Youth at Work conference on late 2019, starting an 18-month initiative to share knowledge about scaling up youth workforce development programs. This document summarizes the discussions held at the conference. It is the first in a series of learning papers.