YouthPower Action Year Two Semi-Annual Report
October 1, 2016 to March 30, 2017

During the period from October 2016 to March 2017, YouthPower Action completed several activities, launched two new initiatives, and reached major project milestones in others.  Major accomplishments during the period include: 

· Completed draft pilot Compass tool
· Completed research and reports on topics relating to soft skills:
       - Key Soft Skills for Cross Sectoral Youth Outcomes
        -Guiding Principles for Soft Skill Building for Adolescents and Young Adults
        -Measuring Soft Skills in International Youth Development Programs, A Review and Inventory of Tools
· Disseminated findings from the reports at several events in Washington, DC, including an event co-supported by YouthPower Action and YouthPower Learning
· Revised the report Assessment of Integrated Workforce Development and Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions with Recommendations for the Future and developed the Request for Applications for grants that will be the subject of studies to provide greater evidence relating to the benefits of integrated programs compared to single sector approaches
· Carried out youth and stakeholder workshops to inform the design of a pilot mHealth intervention, designed a feasibility study on a pilot and submitted research protocols for the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
· Developed curriculum and training materials for adolescent girls’ mentoring program, identified local implementation and research partners to implement the program and developed study protocols that received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval
· Designed and delivered youth engagement training for U.S. Government (USG) staff and implementing partner staff in five DREAMS countries
· Began a new activity to research entrepreneurship programs and develop programming guidance for USAID
· Launched a Phase Two activity in Mozambique to expand and enhance a program to enable older orphaned and vulnerable youth to transition to a safe and productive adulthood
· Launched a new field support activity in Burundi to help 10,000 adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) mitigate the risk of vulnerable adolescent girls (aged 10–18) acquiring HIV, which is closely associated with the incidence of unintended pregnancies, transactional sex, and gender-based violence with the main focus on Kayanza Province

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