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Doors open up to brighter futures for Salvadoran youth

 

Salvadoran youth were the center of attention in September. CARANA was invited to participate at Making Cents International‘s Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference in Washington, DC to present Joven360 (Youth360), an initiative developed under the USAID Program to Improve Access to Employment (managed by CARANA) and aimed at creating an internship culture in El Salvador. CARANA CEO Eduardo Tugendhat discussed how USAID’s program is closing the gap between demand and supply in the Salvadoran youth labor market—youth unemployment rises to 14% and almost doubles the general average. (Click here to download the presentation). Tugendhat was followed by a multimedia presentation of Joven360’s history and platform presented by Carla de Vanegas from Search, a local partner of CARANA. Watch a short version of Vanegas’ video presentation:

University student Sofía Quiñonez concluded the session with the takeaways from her Joven360 internship at FUSADES (the Salvadoran Foundation for Social and Economic Development), where she obtained priceless experience analyzing El Salvador’s current political environment and met key players she will be able to reference once she enters the workforce.

The day after the conference, CARANA hosted a cocktail reception at its Arlington headquarters to continue the discussion joined by El Salvador’s Ambassador Francisco Altschul. The Ambassador is keen on workforce development efforts and engaged participants in a lively discussion of the legal framework for internships and the next goals Joven360 could pursue.

(Left to right) El Salvador Ambassador Altschul discusses youth workforce development program Joven360 with CARANA CEO Tugendhat and members of partner Search Bustamante, Vanegas and Quiñonez.(Left to right) El Salvador Ambassador Altschul discusses youth workforce development program Joven360 with CARANA CEO Tugendhat and members of partner Search Bustamante, Vanegas and Quiñonez.

Soon after, the USAID Program to Improve Access to Employment and its efforts towards more and better youth employment—beyond Joven360—were featured in USAID’s FRONTLINES magazine. The last CARANA project to be included in a FRONTLINES issue was the Macedonia Competitiveness Project, which provided a foundation for the Salvadoran project’s work with youth. Click here to read “Talent Broker” and learn how an occupation-specific English training opened up new pathways for a young man and his younger sisters, whom he is helping support.

Published October 2011