Areas of Expertise
Youth Empowerment in Developing Countries
Youth empowerment refers to interventions that lead to the creation of self-actualized behaviors in young people. AIR uses strategies such as youth advocacy, peer education and exchange programs, vocational schooling, distance learning programs, practical and social-skills building, and training programs for illiterate youths, which can help mobilize marginalized and vulnerable young people, including child workers. Youth empowerment allows young people to understand and assert their rights, appreciate their status and roles within their families and communities, and act as agents of change in the future development of their communities.
Nicaragua’s ENTERATE (Educando Niños Trabajadores y Erradicando Actividades y Trabajos Explotadores)
Together with its Nicaraguan partners (La Cuculmeca, INPRHU-Somoto, and Club Infantil), AIR is working to reduce the worst forms of child labor in Nicaragua by providing access to and improving the quality and relevance of education as well as providing skills or vocational training for 10,045 children, mostly in the rural and urban areas of the Departments of Jinotega and Madriz.
RECLAIM withdrew/prevented approximately 2,960 children from exploitive child labor by enrolling them in either formal or vocational education programs, and provided income generation alternatives to 500 women.