YouthPower Learning Webinar
Soft Skills Development in Conflict and Crisis Settings
Challenges and Lessons Learned
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ET)
In this webinar we will explore lessons learned in developing youth’s soft skills through education and livelihoods programs in conflict and crisis settings.
This webinar will bring together the voices of Andrew Mathews from IRC, Matt Streng from Mercy Corps and Sölvi Karlsson from Search for Common Ground. In addition to these leading experts, we will hear an introduction from Nina Weisenhorn, USAID’s Education in Crisis & Conflict Senior Advisor.
The presenters will discuss 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. The presenters will also share approaches for developing field teams’ ability to successfully engage with youth in classrooms and in preparation for livelihoods activities. These approaches include methods for reducing negative factors such as corporal-punishment and negative role modeling.
Education in Crisis & Conflict Senior Advisor, USAID
Technical Advisor, Education, International Rescue Committee
Director, Youth, Gender and Girls, Mercy Corps
Program Manager - Children and Youth, Search for Common Ground
About the Speakers
Nina Weisenhorn is an international education specialist with ten years of experience implementing education programs in conflict-affected and early recovery contexts. She is currently the Senior Advisor for Access to Education in Crisis & Conflict for the USAID’s Office of Education. Previously Nina has worked for the International Rescue Committee in various capacities, including Emergency Response Team Senior Education Coordinator, Education Technical Advisor and Education Coordinator. From 2009 to 2014, she led the expansion and technical advancement of IRC’s education programs in DR Congo through their design, implementation and evaluation. Nina received her Masters of Arts in International Educational Development from Teachers College – Columbia University.
Andrew Mathew is a Technical Advisor in the Education Technical Unit at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where in addition to supporting the IRC’s education projects in countries across Africa and Asia with technical guidance and program design, he is the focal point for youth education programming. Prior to working in development and humanitarian assistance, Andrew had an extensive background in international education. He has an MA (Hons.) in History from the University of Auckland and an MA in Education and Development from the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia.
Matt Streng is Mercy Corps’ Director of Youth, Gender and Girls team and is based in Portland, Oregon. He brings more than 15 years of youth development experience to his current role. He started with Mercy Corps in South Sudan in 2006 and has since been a member of Mercy Corps’ Technical Support Unit (TSU), with a 2-year secondment as Grassroot Soccer’s Director of Programs in South Africa from 2008-2010. Matt provides strategic guidance and technical support to Mercy Corps’ adolescent and youth programming. Matt has a B.A. in International Relations from Dartmouth College and a Master in Public Health (MPH) from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Sölvi Karlsson is an expert on youth participation in building peace and preventing violence and Search for Common Ground’s program manager for Children and Youth programs. Before joining Search for Common Ground at the end of 2017 Sölvi co-led he United Network of Young Peacebuilders, the global network of youth-led peacebuilding organisations, for three years. As such, Sölvi has been at the forefront of many of the recent developments of the youth, peace and security field. He was intimately involved in the lead-up to UN Security Council resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security and has, since its adoption, focused on the youth led efforts to ensure that this global policy framework creates meaningful local change. Previously, Sölvi has been involved in the youth sector from various sides, as a youth activist, as a youth worker and working for a funding agency.