Youth, youth-led and youth-serving organizations, from over 100 countries around the world, took concrete, collective action to help dismantle the barriers youth face in finding decent work. The YEO 2030 community formed 10 youth-led Action Teams to tackle key topics of interest that ranged from career guidance, inclusive workplaces, and the green economy to social entrepreneurship, financing for youth, and private-sector leadership.
YEO Champions led and coordinated Action Teams comprised of 5 to10 members. Teams developed work plans, measurement frameworks, and reviewed progress toward achievement of activities designed to assist in advancing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.
Action team members served one-year commitments and:
Contributed to the development of Action Team work plans and measurement frameworks.
Participated in monthly team meetings.
Took action on agreed upon tasks and activities between team meetings.
Contributed to reporting on activities during regular calls, bi-monthly Champion meetings, and the annual Global YEO Summit.
Promoted YEO 2030 activities and progress.
Today, former YEO Champions act as youth mentors, YEO facilitators, and more. The following evergreen resources were created by YEO 2030's former Action Teams.
Mentorship Programmes Database
The Leveraging Social Capital Action Team implemented mentorship and apprenticeship programs for early career students in Palestine and Morocco that were aimed at building their peer-to-peer networks and networks with adult allies. In addition, the action team developed a database which provides a list and overview of over 75 global mentorship programmes.
The Social Entrepreneurship Team conducted a social media spotlight series to showcase the initiatives and global impact of young entrepreneurs advancing education, climate action, digitalization, youth economic opportunities, and mental health support.
The Financial Inclusion Action Team has developed an application to enhance the financial literacy, savings, and financial inclusion of local youth-led and youth-serving organizations in Tanzania. The application is available on Google PlayStore and is for use in Tanzania.
(only available in Tanzania)
Challenges and Recommendations for Mentorship Programmes
The Mentorship for Entrepreneur’s Action Team reviewed 7 global mentorship programmes using Youth Business International’s (YBI) mentorship diagnostic tool. Following this review, the action team has developed a resource highlighting some of the key challenges mentorship programmes face and recommendations on how best to address these challenges.
Youth Inclusion Focus on Disabilities
The Inclusive Workplaces Action Team developed a resource that delves into how organizations can meaningfully include and engage young people living with disabilities within the workforce and advance inclusive workplaces.
The Youth Engagement and Inclusion Action Team has developed a repository containing resources that can be used to increase youth participation and engagement among YEO ecosystem of stakeholders.
One Stop Shop
The Green Jobs Action Team has developed a one-stop shop that highlights the key resources that multi stakeholders and young people can use to enhance their knowledge of green jobs. The resource also provides guidance on youth green workforce development programmes and resources containing testimonials from young changemakers. Read on to start with their Definition of Green Jobs.
Principles of Inclusion and Engagement
The Youth Engagement and Inclusion Team has proposed principles that can be used by the YEO ecosystem to advance inclusion and engagement in youth economic opportunities.
Private Sector Leadership
The Private-Sector Engagement Team has developed a resource to share insights from the study that they conducted with 18 private-sector companies from South Asia, North America, Latin America, and Europe on engagement in advancing youth economic opportunities.