Areas of Expertise
AIR’s approach to supporting youth employability in developing countries includes conducting assessments to examine the extent to which young people are aware of existing career pathways in various sectors, identifying prospects for employment, and defining the core skills needed in the labor market. AIR then provides employability skills training programs based on the findings of the youth assessments. Such programs address the need to provide opportunities to learn basic workforce readiness skills such as punctuality, team work, and communication skills, along with specific technical job skills.
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)
- Reducing Exploitive Child Labor in Mozambique (RECLAIM)
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