YouthPower Learning Session on Soft Skills in Challenging Environments at CIES 2017
Panel: Highlight Solutions in Soft Skills Development for Youth in Challenging Environments
This comprehensive session in front of a very diverse education audience (total attendees of the CIES conference was approx. 2,600), chaired by Mike McCabe, Agency Youth Coordinator at USAID, leveraged findings from the YouthPower Learning grant to EDC, findings from YouthPower Learning’s systematic review, as well as the YouthPower Task Order in El Salvador, Bridges for Employment. The speakers were: Caitlin Moss, co-author of the above mentioned systematic review; Rebecca Pagel, Education Development Center (EDC), who focused on the findings from the YouthPower Learning grant to EDC in Rwanda and Philippines; Leesa Kaplan, Chief of Party for the Bridges for Employment project in El Salvador; and Maria Brindlmayer, YouthPower Learning’s Senior KM Specialist, as a discussant.
Learning Objectives: Key research and how to implement programs on Soft skills in challenging environment
- Mike McCabe, Agency Youth Coordinator at USAID]: Introduction to PYD, Youth Power Learning and Soft Skills; Community of Practice; USAID funding and research on soft skills. Why we care? How they fit into our Youth Strategy. Tailoring of soft skills.
- Caitlan Moss, [Program Officer at Results for Development Institute (R4D)]: Highlighting solutions in soft skills development for youth in challenging environments -
Research perspective on soft skills. Which ones are most important for different outcomes? Meta-analysis on what works
- Rebecca Pagel, Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Associate at Education Development Center (EDC)]: – Identifying Cross-Cutting Non-Cognitive Skills for Positive Youth Development
Multi-country perspective Rwanda/Philippines/? - What youth perceptions are of soft skills
- Leesa Kaplan, Chief of Party, Development Alternatives, (DAI): Addressing Youth Soft-Skills Gaps in Areas of Crime and Violence
Business/Priv Sector perspective on soft skills (El Salvador/?) - not approved yet for travel and results not released yet.. What we know about programs that are effective and how to implement (see Youth Power research)
- Maria Brindlmayer, Accomplished Knowledge Management and Marketing Leader; Web, Portal, Training Strategy, KM Technologies,YouthPower Learning, Making Cents International.(YPL, MCI): Discussant:
Synthesis of what was heard and some questions that the presentations evoke. Comment on presentations and considerations.