USAID: Employing and Empowering Youth with Disabilities

  • Duration 56 Min.
  • Video Language en

This USAID-moderated session focuses on specific interventions for increasing employability skills, empowerment, and equity for youth with disabilities. It draws on experiences of global actors working with youth-led and youth-serving organizations, particularly organizations of persons with disabilities, to foster employment for youth with disabilities in low resource settings. The session will feature Youth Excel, a global program that empowers youth to use implementation research to strengthen development solutions, and USAID partners from Indonesia, Nicaragua, and Rwanda. Themes will address positive youth development, fostering intentional learning culture, surfacing power differentials, work readiness, entrepreneurship, peer leadership, and connecting youth to work-based learning experiences.

Peter H. Vrooman, U.S. State Department, United States of America
Nancy Taggart, USAID, United States of America
Katherine Guernsey, USAID, United States of America
Silvya Kananu, IREX, Kenya
Zaira Lainez, IREX, Kenya
Steve Kamanzi, Education Development Center, Rwanda
Francois Xavier Karangwa, Umbrella of People with Disability Against HIV/AIDS, Rwanda
Juan Manuel Sánchez, Creative Associates, Nicaragua
Leonor Gutiérrez, Los Pipitos, Nicaragua
Maulani Rotinsulu, Indonesia Association of Women with a Disability, Indonesia

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