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2019 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit Agenda

Wednesday, October 2

11:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.


Pre-Summit Trainings 

Making Good Intentions Intentional: A Training for Youth Development Practitioners on How to Integrate Inclusive Approaches from the Ground Up

Our industry promotes social inclusion; however, consistently applying this principle to our youth economic opportunities programs in practice is much harder. Conscious or unconscious exclusion happens at both an organizational level and implementation level.


Join World Learning and Making Cents for a deep dive training on methodologies that can help your team identify, explore, and better understand your own inclusion practices. Through hands-on simulation and interactive discussion, the session will challenge participants to think in new ways about how we can bring intentional inclusion to our work, and offer adaptable frameworks that can be applied to their organizations and programs.


Caitlin O’Donnell, Senior Associate, Technical Services, Making Cents International

Hillary Proctor, Director, Technical Services, Making Cents International

Juanita Adames, Social Inclusion Officer, World Learning

Getting Employment to Work for Self-Reliance: A USAID Employment

Strategic Framework

USAID is pleased to launch its "Getting Employment to Work for Self-Reliance: A USAID Strategic Framework.”  The Framework helps USAID staff and development partners understand employment challenges in USAID host countries, and design interventions that support more and better jobs for all. It describes the relationships between employment, economic development, and greater self-reliance in developing countries; and guides USAID staff and partners to choose appropriate interventions supported by evidence which deliver good value for money. 


USAID staff will lead this pre-GYEO Summit training session. The session will provide an overview of the Employment Framework, as well as hands-on exercises in small groups to familiarize participants with tools and resources for operationalizing the new framework.


Anastasia de Santos, Economist, USAID

Nancy Taggart, Senior Youth and Workforce Advisor, USAID

Rebecca Pagel, Senior M&E Advisor, USAID 

Olga M. Merchan, Youth and Workforce Development Advisor, USAID

8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

1:30 - 2:30 P.M.

Summit Opening Plenary

“We Can All Change the World”: A Conversation with Youth Social Entrepreneur Juan David Aristizabal

Juan David Aristizabal is a young social entrepreneur dedicated to changing the educational system in his home country of Colombia and across Latin America. The Founder & President of Colombian-based non-profit, Los Zúper, Juan David’s organization equips thousands of young people across the region with the skills needed in the 21st century using media, filmmaking, technology and real-world events. In addition to his work with Los Zuper, Juan David is a Lecturer in Leadership and Public Affairs, CESA Business School, and author of “Todos Podemos Cambiar el Mundo” (We Can All Change the World). Juan David also founded Todos por La Educación, a social movement in Colombia dedicated to pushing the government to prepare people for the new roles and jobs in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief, of Cumbre, a website platform dedicated to strengthening the link network soft skills education and employment.


Through a TedTalk and one-on-one interview, Juan David will open the 2019 GYEO Summit with insights from his work as a young entrepreneur working to promote a more holistic approach to 21st century education in several national schooling systems and among companies in Latin America.


Juan David Aristizabal, Founder & President, Los Zúper & Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur”



Michael McCabe, Agency Youth Coordinator, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


Welcome Music by Dogo

Coffee & Transition Break

2:30 - 2:45 P.M.

Deep Dive Breakout Sessions

2:45 - 4:15 P.M.

No Longer a Last Resort: Transitioning Youth into the Workforce Through Strengthened TVET Education

Colleges and Institutes of Canada (CICan)

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) 

Dalhousie University

Mind the (Skills) Gap: Equipping Youth with Entrepreneurial Skills for the Changing World of Work


Future Work Consulting


Youth Business International (YBI)

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)


Education Development Center (EDC)


The World Bank 

Save the Children

Soft Skills, Life Skills, Non-Cognitive Skills: What We Know and Need to Know About Developing, Adapting, and Measuring these Skills
Connecting School to Work: How
Work-Based Learning (WBL) Improves Job Opportunity for Youth

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS)

RTI International


Education Development Center (EDC)


Coffee & Transition Break

4:15 - 4:25 P.M.

Afternoon Plenary

Mind the Gap:  Connecting Youth Aspiration with Opportunity in a Changing World of Work

In today’s global economy, governments, employers, schools, and training centers confront the challenges of supply and demand of labor. Whether a nation’s economy is fully developed or emerging, all actors must address rapid technological changes, environmental challenges, the growth of artificial intelligence, changing demographics, high levels of informal employment, resource constraints, urbanization, migration, and inequality.  While these challenges are familiar to many of us, often overlooked in the race to find solutions is the gap between young people’s expectations and aspirations, and the opportunities available to them in a rapidly changing world of work. Closing this gap is a critical piece of the opportunity puzzle that requires a system-wide response by a range of actors including civil society, governments, and increasingly the private sector.


This two-part discussion brings together new research from The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and its report – The Future of Global Stability:  The World of Work in Developing Countries –with comparative insights from the Management & Training Corporation’s (MTC) domestic work with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps Program which targets disadvantaged youth in the U.S., and its work in Egypt. The conversation will include first-hand perspectives from two Egyptian young professionals navigating the workforce, and invite a conversation about how we can do more to connect aspiration with opportunity for young people globally.   



George Ingram, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution



Romina Bandura, Senior Fellow, Project on Prosperity and Development, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Karima Noureldin, National Project Officer, International Labour Organization, Egypt

Gregory R. Niblett, Vice President, Economic & Social Development, Management & Training Corporation (MTC)

Mina Kamal, Career Guidance & Counseling Senior Advisor, Workforce Improvement & Skill Enhancement (WISE) Project, Egypt

4:25 - 5:25 P.M.

Welcome Networking Reception

Meet and mingle with more than 500 fellow Summit attendees on the evening of Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Light snacks served. Your first drink is on the house. Music by DJ Adrian Rowland. With generous sponsorship by MTC.

5:25 - 7:00 P.M.

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