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General YouthPower Learning Events
Events organized by the Youth Engagement CoP
Events organized by the Cross-Sectoral Skills CoP
Events organized by the Gender and PYD CoP
Events organized by the Youth in Peace and Security CoP
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General YouthPower Learning Events
YouthPower Learning Webinar: How to Do Research with Adolescents Living in Low- and Middle-Income countries?
November 16, 2017: YouthPower Learning in collaboration with UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, and Columbia University organized this webinar by exploring what is unique about research with adolescents, best practices for working with them, and key knowledge gaps. The speakers were focused on Conducting Research with Adolescents in Low - and Middle-Income Countries, a series of briefs produced with members of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Well-being. More information here
Monday, October 30 – This in-person training on how to measure Positive Youth Development (PYD) to improve program performance on multi-sector outcomes was organized by YouthPower Learning in New Delhi. It was based on YouthPower Learning's PYD Measurement Toolkit, and described the framework for measuring PYD, shared illustrative indicators, and discussed the application and adaptation of indicators for USAID projects. The PYD Measurement Toolkit is available online here.
More information here
September 26, 2017. This year’s meeting for YouthPower IDIQ holders and key stakeholders showcased learnings from YouthPower projects. In addition, presenters shared knowledge about useful tools for youth program implementation and evaluation, and youth participants contributed their perspectives on successful youth engagement. Attendees heard about innovations in youth programming and attended several interactive round tables and poster sessions. USAID also welcomed input on their youth policy.
More information here
USAID and YouthPower IDIQ holder learning sessions
Over the summer, YouthPower Learning organized three webinars with USAID and YouthPower IDIQ holders to facilitate discussions regarding the implementation of PYD in ongoing or recently completed YouthPower implementation projects.
The webinar series, “What Are We Learning About Positive Youth Development (PYD) Implementations?” addresses the following questions:
- How are you implementing PYD? Which positive youth development (PYD) features does your project include, and why were they selected?
- Can you identify up to three initial benefits of using a PYD approach that you have experienced in your project?
- What are three challenges related to implementing a PYD approach? Please identify specific challenges related to integrating PYD in a workforce development (WFD) project? Are there some features that were easier to include than others? Why?
- What are more general challenges experienced in the implementation of the project? Do you think use of more PYD features would have helped (or could help) to address these challenges?
- What are your three key recommendations for future implementations/implementers based on what you have learned so far?
- What would you recommend to USAID in the implementation of future youth programs with similar target populations?
- Resources from these webinars with the following projects, including recordings and slides, are available on YouthPower.org:
- September 19, 2017: USAID Bridges to Employment (El Salvador) and YouthPower Action’s project in Mozambique
- August 24, 2017: USAID Secondary Violence Prevention Activity–Proponte Más (Honduras) and Technical Vocational Education and Training Strengthening for At-Risk Youth–TVET SAY (Nicaragua)
- July 26, 2017: Honduras Workforce Development Activity–Empleando Futuros, and Kenya Youth Employment and Skills Program (K-YES) (Note: slides only)
Positive Youth Development for HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health Programming: What Do We Know?
YouthPower Learning Systematic Review Webinar Series
September 7, 2017. Building the assets and skills of young people has been shown to improve outcomes for youth in high-income countries, but what does Positive Youth Development (PYD) look like in HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health programming in low and middle income countries (LMICs)? What is evidence of the effectiveness of a PYD approach in improving HIV/AIDS and SRH outcomes? How does PYD impact cross-sectoral outcomes?
The recording and the slides are here
August 10, 2017 - YouthPower Learning hosted a webinar organized by YouthPower Action on Achieving 90²: Young People, HIV Testing Services and Linkage to Treatment.
This webinar presented research results, published in the supplement to the journal AIDS, to improve HIV testing and linkage to care among adolescents and young people.
The speakers of this webinar presented selected articles that focused on the need for youth engagement, the role of voluntary male medical circumcision, new strategies such as self-testing, and the pressing needs of adolescents regarding HIV testing and linkage to care in the United States and internationally.
Facilitated by experts in the field, this webinar provided an opportunity for program planners, donors, policy makers, youth and other participants to discuss this topic and ask questions.
July 18, 2017 - This webinar, focused on workforce readiness and employability, was the first in a series that builds upon sector-specific analysis from our recently released Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. The webinar provided insights into the questions: What does Positive Youth Development (PYD) look like in workforce readiness and employability programs? What is the evidence of effectiveness of a PYD approach in improving workforce readiness outcomes? As a youth employability practitioner, how can you integrate PYD strategies into your own youth programming to improve outcomes?
In the webinar were presented perspectives on PYD from researchers and practitioners.
June 22, 2017 - YouthPower Learning conducted a free in-person training in Johannesburg, South Africa on how to measure Positive Youth Development (PYD) to improve program performance on multi-sector outcomes. This training was based on YouthPower Learning's PYD Measurement Toolkit, and the presenters described the framework for measuring PYD, shared illustrative indicators, and discussed the application and adaptation of indicators for USAID projects. More information is available here.
March 6, 2017 - Learning Objectives: Key research and how to implement programs on Soft skills in challenging environment.
December 14, 2016 - This webinar outlined what PYD looks like in programs for youth in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); presented available PYD indicators and associated tools for measuring PYD outcomes; explained how to apply PYD indicators in key program phases; discussed important considerations when adapting indicators to local contexts; and detailed how to measure PYD to improve program performance and contribute to the evidence of PYD influences on multi-sector outcomes.
September 27, 2016 - This meeting featured a Youth Panel of YSEALI alumni and provided an opportunity to learn about major innovations from YouthPower IDIQ members that have broad applicability. The innovations were presented as lightning talks.
June 9, 2016 - The Lancet Commission presented findings on - and recommendations to improve - the status of adolescent health and wellbeing worldwide. Following the presentation, a panel discussion from experts representing USAID, the World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others, focused on current opportunities to integrate findings and recommendations into future policies and programs.
November 1, 2017 - Youth Engagement Community of Practice organized an in-person Meeting. This meeting featured a member presentation from our host Creative Associates on youth-inclusive programming and presenters from World Learning on inclusive development. In the meeting it was also discussed about our new theme for this year – diversity and inclusion – and were brainstormed ideas with our members on specific goals, activities, and speakers related to the theme of youth diversity. Attendees were also able to pick up a copy of our latest brief, Making the Pitch for Youth Engagement, and receive an update on the youth engagement videos produced by YouthPower Learning grantees, including plans for video watch parties.
More information available here
September 13, 2017 - This webinar presented the importance of engaging youth in participatory evaluation activities, such as questionnaire development, data collection, and analysis.
The panel of presenters shared insights about the positive contributions that youth voices make to research and evaluation activities, and what the youth themselves learn as a result of participating. They also shared tips and strategies for including young people in research and evaluation activities.
More information, including full list of speakers, here
May 23, 2017 - This meeting featured a presentation from the Youth Forum Organization in Sudan about their work, in collaboration with the government, to develop a new youth policy for the country, as well as a presentation from Banyan Global about their USAID-funded YouthPower project Empleando Futuros in Honduras.
May 17, 2017 - This webinar included presentations from Search for Common Ground about experiences working with youth in Sierra Leone as data collectors in crisis and conflict contexts, from ADD International in Uganda about engaging youth with disabilities in research, and Communities in Collaboration about working with immigrant youth on evaluation activities.
March 15, 2017 - This webinar shared findings from a study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley for UNICEF on engaging adolescents in research, and discussed the benefits of youth-led research, as well as useful techniques for training and supporting young investigators. Youth-led participatory research techniques are an interesting way to ensure that the youth voice is included in program design, implementation, and evaluation.
October 12, 2016 - This webinar focused on how makerspaces foster movement, innovation, and creativity designed and maintained by youth. A makerspace is a collaborative workshop that leverages science and technology, along with innovation tools and approaches, to spark creativity.
July 17, 2018 - This webinar, co-hosted with USAID's Workforce Connections, concentrated on the impact that Career Centers can have on youth transition into the workforce and into self-employment. Many countries are experimenting with various models of Career Centers, both physical and virtual. Looking closely at USAID’s Career Center programs in Morocco and Egypt, this webinar shared lessons learned and best practices.
March 22, 2018 - This webinar explored lessons learned in developing youth’s soft skills through education and livelihoods contexts in conflict and crisis settings. Presenters discussed approaches and tools to build youth’s skills to mediate physiological stress and connect with mentors in both in-school and out-of-school settings.
December 6, 2017 - YouthPower Learning Cross-Sectoral Skills for Youth Community of Practice (CoP) organized on Wednesday, December 6, its last meeting for 2017, at the premises of International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). The meeting aimed at creating an environment for networking among the new members, discussing the findings from the CoP’s latest technical brief on measuring soft skills across contexts, and brainstorming about activities for 2018. More information available here
March 22, 2017 - In this webinar, program implementers and researchers who work on skills development for youth shed light on financing approaches that allow for program sustainability without losing track of the financial limitations of youth beneficiaries They addressed the complexities of financing skills training programs for youth and highlighted some successful models.
February 22, 2017 - This meeting featured research, conducted by Education Development Center, Inc.(EDC) with a grant from YouthPower Learning, that focuses on understanding mismatches in youth’s and key stakeholders’ perceptions of which soft skills are important for education and employment outcomes.
Targeting, Recruitment, and Retention Strategies for Youth Skills Development: How Do Skills-Building Initiatives Ensure Youth Participation?
September 14, 2016 - This webinar featured presentations from innovators and researchers who provided insights from their own experiences, and elaborated on challenges, as well as effective approaches to promote targeting, recruitment, and retention of youth participation in skills-building initiatives.
June 26, 2018 - This webinar highlighted key components to gender integration and positive youth development, explore gender norm change within PYD programs, and discuss how youth-led clubs can advance gender equality.
June 25, 2018 - GRL Power project, funded through a YouthPower Learning grant, aims to shift the current paradigm by being one of the first of its kind in Jordan and in the region to implement girl-led research. This webinar shared GRL Power learning and the findings of research conducted by girl researchers in Jordan.
February 8, 2018: The YouthPower Learning Gender and Positive Youth Development (PYD) Community of Practice (CoP) hosted an in-person and online meeting to network and prioritize the CoP's focus for the year. The meeting included an interactive webinar, "Gender Equity in Research and Practice: Engaging Adolescent Men and Boys for Sexual and Reproductive Health," new evidence and research from What Works Association and ICRW, alongside practical experience, strategies, and techniques from Promundo Global and Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health.
Increasing Men’s and Boys’ Access to HIV Prevention and Treatment in Zambia: Test and Treat through Community Insakas
August 15, 2017 - This webinar, presented three main takeaways: 1. In order to achieve equality for women, men need to be part of the solution. Engaging men and boys is important in HIV prevention. 2. Many of the causes and consequences of STIs are related to gender norms and beliefs. Transforming non-equitable and violent versions of manhood and redressing power inequalities related to gender is critical. 3. Through a participatory approach people can change “learned” behaviors when they are given an opportunity to reflect on the harmful effect of certain beliefs and actions. Guest speaker Raymond Havwala from the MenEngage Zambia Alliance discussed effective strategies to engage men and boys in accessing HIV care, treatment, and prevention at the community level.
July 25 - This webinar presented key lessons from the GAGE program, a nine-year (2015-2024) UK government-funded program that is designed to generate evidence on programs and policies to help adolescent girls in the Global South reach their full potential. Through a mixed-methods longitudinal research and evaluation program, GAGE aims to understand what programs are most effective in transforming adolescent girls’ lives. In its recently concluded inception year, GAGE synthesized the evidence base across a number of topics. In this webinar, the speakers (Dr. Nicola Jones, Director, GAGE, Overseas Development Institute; Prof. Sonia Livingstone OBE, London School of Economics; Rachel Marcus, ODI Research Associate, Woodstock Research Consulting) introduced the program and presented findings from its evidence syntheses on digital media uses among adolescents, and on what works to ensure effective girls clubs.The GAGE program is poised to generate some of the most rigorously collected data across seven countries following more than 18,000 girls, along with their families, male and female peers, from early adolescence through to adulthood. While girls’ clubs are often dismissed as a tool to promote transformative development for young people by mainstream development actors, the evidence base is surprisingly positive across a range of outcomes.
What Do We Know? Evidence Gap Maps (EGM) Regarding Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) and Related Transferable Skills Programming in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
July 12, 2017 - This webinar was focused on evidence gap maps (EGM), regarding the effects of adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) and related transferable skills programming in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Mario Picon, a 3ie Senior Evaluation Specialist, presented an overview of two recent 3ie evidence gap maps focused on youth sexual and reproductive health programming and the intersection with transferrable skills, and how to use EDM in planning and programming.
Giving Adolescents a Voice: Age-Appropriate Methods that Work for Measuring Gender Norms Across Contexts
April 6, 2017 - This panel discussion explored developmentally-appropriate, participatory methods and tools to engage adolescents in effective research and intervention design for transforming gender norms. A panel of global experts on adolescents shared their experiences supporting adolescents in Uganda, India, Nepal, and Rwanda in constructing their identities through voice and agency.
March 7, 2017 - This webinar brought together researchers and implementers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss their experiences working with skills development programs that target young women as beneficiaries. Presenters examined how skills programs use a gender-sensitive approach to their curriculum and programming, and explored challenges and best practices in targeting young women, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
February 23, 2017 - This webinar featured the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program, which is a six-year, randomized controlled trial that set out to test different packages of social, health, and economic asset-building interventions for vulnerable adolescent girls in urban and rural Zambia. The study’s principal investigator shared the study design, the mid-term results, and reflections on what this means for adolescent girls programming in Zambia.
June 13, 2018 - This webinar, organized by YouthPower Learning's Youth Engagement and Youth in Peace and Security Communities of Practice, explored the role of youth engagement in refugee-serving programs to help increase young peoples’ capacity and agency to make decisions over the programs and policies that affect their lives.
Analysis of Cognitive and Psychosocial Pathways Leading to EMPOWERMENT and RADICALIZATION – Two Sides of the Same Coin?
May 30, 2018 - This webinar focused on a the researach and report prepared under a YouthPower Learning grant awarded to Equal Access, which unpacked key theories of empowerment and radicalization, and elucidated some of the shared elements between the two notions, ultimately for the purpose of leveraging and transforming often-destructive processes and behavior associated with radicalization for positive outcomes.
May 3, 2018 - The YouthPower Learning Youth in Peace and Security Community of Practice (CoP) hosted a webinar with speakers from the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Population Fund to discuss the UN Security Council version of the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS).
January 26, 2018 - The YouthPower Learning Youth in Peace and Security Community of Practice (CoP) held its first in-person meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2018 for networking, prioritizing the CoP's focus for the year, and learning about Equal Acess International's White Dove radio project in Nigeria.
September 20, 2017 -This webinar was one of the series of webinars on Youth, Conflict and Peacebuilding (YCP) this fall, organized by YouthPower Learning and YouthPower Action with Peace Exchange, a global community of practitioners, donors, and academics who aim to improve conflict sensitive development programming by collecting and building knowledge on a diverse set of materials, experiences, and reflections. The first webinar in this series was focused on USAID YouthPower Tools for Positive Youth Development and Peacebuilding.
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Expanding the Role of Youth in Building Peace, Security: Youth as a Force Against Violent Conflict and Violent Extremism: Recent Lessons Learned
August 8, 2017 - (Webinar and in-person event organized by the Youth in Peace and Security Community of Practice, jointly with the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Search for Common Ground).
As the United States and its partners work to reduce the violence that has uprooted the world’s largest recorded displaced population, an often underused resource is youth. Violent conflicts are concentrated heavily in countries—Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and others—with large youth populations. On August 8, experts discussed new ideas and resources for strengthening the role of youth who are reducing violence, improving security, and opposing violent extremism in their countries. This forum was jointly sponsored by the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the international peacebuilding organization Search for Common Ground, and YouthPower Learning, a USAID-funded project that promotes positive youth development globally. While popular culture and public narratives depict young men mainly as perpetrators of violence, and young women mainly as victims, governments and civil society groups alike are working to elevate the critical role of youth in reducing violent conflict and violent extremism. That effort has seen added attention in the last 19 months, since a U.N. Security Council resolution focused governments on the task. This event included prominent U.S. government officials and civil society leaders, and the founder of a Nigerian youth-led peacebuilding organization working amid the country’s conflict with the Boko Haram extremist group.
At the event, the Community or Practice launched its new YouthPower Learning Brief YouthPower Learning Brief: Promising Practices in Engaging Youth in Peace and Security and PVE/CVE
May 2, 2017 - This meeting featured a discussion about Promising Practices in Engaging Youth in Peace and Security and Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) from a document circulated by USAID's Youth Coordinator Mike McCabe, and a presentation about the results of a multi-country evaluation of a child and youth engagement project in peacebuilding.
December 13, 2016 - Brown bag meetings at USAID and with DOD representatives. The agenda included: Recognition of anniversary of SCResolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security; To know or not to know, that is the question – The state of knowledge on what works in Youth, Peace and Security; and Brief presentations/discussion of what partners are doing to aggregate/curate the evidence base; as well as Keys to success based on context: What interventions seem to be showing promising results based on the research. Participants engaged in a discussion about peace building, conflict mitigation, P/CVE, and youth.
December 13, 2016 - YouthPower Learning's CoP on Youth in Peace and Security organized two YouthTalks sessions: “The Role of Young People in Achieving the SDGs" (one in English, one in Spanish). Youth had the opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue with UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, Teresa González. Participants could also follow along and join the conversation on Twitter using #YPYouthTalks.
December 6, 2016 - This webinar provided interesting and successful examples of how ICTs in the hands of youth can contribute to peacebuilding and violence prevention. Examples included Peace Media Programs, as well as PeaceTech Exchanges, which focus on behavior change communications for youth-oriented, locally-produced peacebuilding efforts that utilize curriculum-driven “edutainment” and multimedia, and address specific research-based drivers of conflict.
August 12, 2016 - This event featured an open dialogue with USAID's Youth Coordinator Michael McCabe and young people from Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Asia to exchange ideas and impressions on Positive Youth Development (PYD) from a young people’s perspective. Youth described what they need to thrive and succeed in today’s world, and shared actions and initiatives in their communities that reflect PYD principles.