Global Youth for Education and Change

Mission Our mission is to inspire young people in the U.S. to be forces for good by delivering opportunities to be socially innovative, enable people in the developing world with limited formal education to become leaders in their communities, and cultivate lasting relationships that advance the idea and practice of responsible and strategic global service. A global problem We are tackling the problem of intergenerational poverty and joblessness. Unemployment is widespread, both globally and locally, and young people at most affected. In Kenya, there are over 2.5 mill...

Global Youth for Education and Change
348 Cowley Avenue
% Paul Brown
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
United States
517-332-8506
http://www.gyec.org

Executive Director

Paul Brown

Management Team

Paul Brown, Jeanne Gazel

Board of Directors

Canciss Ford, Mary Quinn, Corey Holmes, Angela Williams, Erin Lamb, Irem Mertol, Joe Abele, Kerry Ogata, Rachel Frank

Project Leaders

Paul Brown

Mission

Mission Our mission is to inspire young people in the U.S. to be forces for good by delivering opportunities to be socially innovative, enable people in the developing world with limited formal education to become leaders in their communities, and cultivate lasting relationships that advance the idea and practice of responsible and strategic global service. A global problem We are tackling the problem of intergenerational poverty and joblessness. Unemployment is widespread, both globally and locally, and young people at most affected. In Kenya, there are over 2.5 million unemployed youth. And in South Africa, COSATU, the nation's leading union, defines youth unemployment-standing at 53.4%-as "the country's greatest ticking time bomb." Additionally, we see the youth we work with in both of those countries sitting around because they have no chance of getting a job. Our solution To improve unemployment in countries like Kenya and South Africa we are building a network of employers and entrepreneurs in emerging markets with whom we are designing a market-driven curriculum that prepares young people, whether or not they have passed high school, for careers with purpose. At its core, the word "educate" means to develop something latent or potential. We develop the capabilities of young people (18-24) through an intensive workforce development and leadership training program. Working side-by-side with employers, we are designing a market-driven curriculum that builds the entry-level talent pipeline for emerging markets around the world. We're drawing out the qualities of principled leadership (e.g., honest, integrity, humility, and empathy) that reside within the young people with whome we work. We're flexing their experimental muscles, teaming up with community stakehodlers to design new products, services, and systems that address community needs. And we're developing hard (e.g., math and science) and soft (e.g., interpersonal communication) skills that will help these young people effectively engage in meaningful work.

Programs

We do this by: - Immersive learning and training - Strategic Service Corps - matching student interest and giving opportunities. Corps positions are awarded by proposal. Phase 1, follow the community social work model Phase 2, ground-level IT development Phase 3, utilizing skills, teaching others in community, develop own small business - Engineering Futures - Key programs in Kenya and South Arica - Partnerships w/ businesses, community-based organizations around world. GYEC currently has partnerships with MRULE and VVOCF, and is developing/resurrecting partnerships in Kenya, India and Thailand.

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