Youth Unemployment Solutions

Duke University student Andrew Leon Hanna interviewed 50 young leaders he knew from youth leadership gatherings from 31 countries to learn their solutions to the crisis of global youth unemployment.[i] Few of them (18%) felt that young people are involved in decision-making in their countries. The programs they found most useful for youth are, in this order, apprenticeship programs as provided by governments in Germany and Denmark, skills-training for uneducated youth, vocational schools, with programs to inform youth about available jobs at the bottom of the list. The youth leaders also recommended peer mentoring and education programs, such as the Mosaic Initiative where British Muslim young people mentor younger youths, India’s Restless Development’s Youth Empowerment Programme in India where peer educators teach over 36,000 people a year, and Israel’s youth-led computer training courses. Although youth entrepreneurship is widely encouraged, young people need funding like that provided by the Kenyan Youth Enterprise Development Fund.

Organizations like Restless Development and Global Changemakers started in Britain and expanded globally to facilitate youth leaders to assist with social problems. In the latter group, young people created 250 Community action Projects in 86 countries. Their website explains, “Our mission is to place young people at the forefront of change and development. Our strength comes from being led by young people and young professionals, from the boardroom right through to the field. We have been working hard since 1985 and over the past 30 years, our programmes have reached over 7 million young people directly and indirectly.”[ii] Global Changemakers was “created in 2007 with the aim to empower youth to catalyse social change. In its seven-year existence it has become a close knit network of 100,000 young social activists. Global Changemakers supported 280 youth-led projects in 128 countries with 200,000 people directly involved and benefiting over 4 million people.”[iii]

[i] Andrew Leon Hanna, “The Global Youth Unemployment Crisis,” Duke University Honors Thesis.



[1] Andrew Leon Hanna, “The Global Youth Unemployment Crisis,” Duke University Honors Thesis.




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