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2019 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit Agenda

Friday, October 4

Breakfast Breakout Sessions

8:15 - 9:00 A.M.

Breaking Down Barriers to Peace and Prosperity in Malakal South Sudan: War Child Canada's Youth Livelihoods Program

War Child Canada

The Power of Corporate Youth Partnerships in Social Entrepreneurship
Mozaik Foundation
Strategies for Job Placement: Lessons Learned in the Egyptian Context

Management and Training Corporation (MTC)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Co-Creating, Co-Learning and
Co-Shaping Career Guidance in a Developing Country: A Case Study from Sri Lanka 



Coffee & Transition Break

9:00 - 9:15 A.M.

9:15 - 9:45 A.M.

Morning Plenaries


TED Talk: Leslie Crutchfield, "How Change Happens"

Leslie Crutchfield is a leading authority on social movements, systems change, collective impact, corporate social responsibility and shared value. She serves as Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Business for Impact at the McDonough School of Business (formerly GSEI), which delivers world-class education, research and actionable cross-sector solutions to create significant social, economic and environmental change.


Leslie’s latest book is the critically-acclaimed How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t (Wiley 2018), recognized in The New York Review of Books for offering “useful guidance for [groups] inspired to take action. In this morning TED Talk, Leslie will draw from the findings in her book to explain why some changes take hold, while others don’t, and reveal the leadership approaches, campaign strategies, and ground-level tactics used in a range of modern change campaigns. Based on several years of research with a team of 21 staff, students and faculty at Georgetown University’s Business for Impact team, Leslie unearthed six key factors that explain why winning movements triumph. Leslie will also explore how changemakers in our community can apply these best practices to promote and advance meaningful systems change for youth economic opportunity.


Leslie Crutchfield, Author, social change expert, educator, and Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Business for Impact at the McDonough School of Business


Youth Activists: The Unsung Agents of Systems Change

Responding to the 21st century’s complex global challenges requires not only new solutions but also new ways of acting and organizing. “Systems-thinking” is a topic of growing focus for the youth development community, one that increasingly informs how we understand the challenges facing young people.
While we get better at understanding the complexity of the system through this practice, are we missing the opportunity to have a more meaningful conversation - “how does systems CHANGE happen?”.  Change is brought about PEOPLE, and so this discussion explores the people behind systems change.  
We will explore what are the roles of different stakeholders that mobilize and drive change? In particular, what dynamics do young people bring as entrepreneurs and innovators, as leaders within institutions, as change agents and as an often overlooked stakeholder group for changing systems: young activists.
 The discussion will challenge our audience to think about how activism can be a lever for systems change, and how to engage young people in more meaningful ways to capture the energy, innovation and drive that young people offer their communities. We will also consider how activism and civic engagement helps to develop foundational skills that can support young peoples’ leaderships, skills development and hence future opportunities to create more fruitful future. 


Seema Patel, CEO, Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI)

Bojan Boskovic, Founder and CEO, Cinecons

9:45 - 10:15 A.M.

Coffee & Transition Break

10:15 - 10:35 A.M.

Breakout Sessions

10:35 - 11:35 A.M.

The Whys Behind Migration and How We Can Empower Youth to Build Their Own Future

Creative Associates International

Inter-American Dialogue

The Next Generation of Business Leaders: How a Youth-Led Training Model is Revolutionizing Social Business

Social Impact 360

The Biz Nation

Let's Empower, Advocate, and Do, Inc. (LEAD)

So How Much Does Your 
Program Cost?

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


DecidoSer©: A Psychosocial Support Tool for Youth Affected by Conflict in Colombia


Program of Alliances for Reconciliation (PAR)

Coffee & Transition Break

11:35 - 11:55 A.M.

Breakout Sessions

11:55 A.M. - 12:55 P.M.

Helping to Catalyze and Grow a Thriving Youth Entrepreneurial EcoSystem

George Washington University


Technology, Social Networks, Employment: How Access to Social Capital at Scale is the Missing Piece of the Opportunity Puzzle

Mercy Corps

Gigi-tal is the New Digital: Gender Transformative Applications for Digital Scaling, Development, and Employment

Save the Children


Plan International

Making TVET Providers Accountable: Ten Years of Hard Lessons at MCC

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

Networking Lunch

12:55 - 1:40 P.M.

Youth Leaders Program Networking Lunch

12:55 - 1:40 P.M.

Breakout Sessions

1:40 - 2:40 P.M.

Let's Try That Again: Creating and Adjusting Youth Programs in Complex and Shifting Humanitarian Settings 


SNHU's Global Education Movement at Southern New Hampshire University

Vijana Africa

Increasing Access: Innovative Finance for Higher Education

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL)

Uniterra A WUSC and CECI Program

Brighter Investment

Supporting Spaces for Youth Entrepreneurship: Are We Sustaining or Undercutting the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem?

Aflatoun International


SOS Children's Villages

Engaging Youth through Volunteerism as a Pathway to Sustainable Livelihoods

VSO International

Asante Africa Foundation

Coffee & Transition Break

2:40 - 2:50 P.M.

Breakout Sessions

2:50 - 3:50 P.M.

Unleashing the Economic Potential of Young Women in Conflict Zones

Glasswing International


Youth Employment at the Front Line: Embedding in Employers to Improve Talent Recruiting and Onboarding


Generation USA

Easing Labor Market Transitions: Evidence from Two Longitudinal RCTs in South Africa

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

RTI International

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Coffee & Transition Break

3:50 - 4:15 P.M.

Closing Plenary

The Opportunity Puzzle: Youth-Led Reflection on What We’ve Learned & Where to Go from Here​

Join us for a high energy, interactive and youth-led activity at the close of the 2019 GYEO Summit that brings together youth and adult perspectives on systems change. Youth facilitators from the 2019 GYEO Young Leader Program will lead Summit attendees in standing discussion groups to explore what we’ve learned, what’s impacted us, and how we plan to apply the knowledge we’ve gained to our work. We will also invite you to share your ideas about what where to go from here as a community to advance systems change for youth economic opportunity. Join us for the closing celebration immediately after the session.



2019 GYEO Young Leaders

4:15 - 5:00 P.M.

Closing Celebration 

Celebrate the GYEO Summit, enjoy live music, and mingle with your new connections at the closing Summit celebration. Your first drink is on the house.

Live Music by Dogo

5:00 - 7:00 P.M.

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