Turning words into action: The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment
Too often, solutions are designed for youth, without involving youth. The importance of engaging youth in policy dialogue and programs is gaining ground. Taking active steps to include and amplify the voices of youth is crucial in achieving sustainable solutions.
After participating in, engaging with, and adding to the Youth at Heart Virtual Forum in November 2020 the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) reflected on their Youth Empowerment, Engagement and Resilience (YEER) approach. Listening to the real ambitions of young people is critical to making progress and contributes to more impact. CFYE believes that businesses need to prioritize a youth-centric focus for youth employment creation to be successful and sustainable. Lessons learned in the effort to achieve meaningful youth participation are used for continuous learning and context-specific application in upcoming CFYE-activities.