Vision: United Youth Leadership for Community Transformation.
Mission: We have committed to creating holistic community spaces where young people have a platform to create solutions that power community transformation through holistic workforce development and creative youth leadership.
Characteristics of Out-of-School Youth
- Most out-of-school youth drop out before secondary school and many never set foot in a school.
- The prospect of an early marriage is a key barrier to young females’ education. It affects girls’ schooling even before they get married.
- Young people living in rural areas are more likely to be excluded from education than youth living in urban communities, and most of them work.
- Parental education is the single most important determinant of youth’s education outcomes.
- The number of working adults in a household has an important impact on schooling choices and school/work decisions.
- Low educational quality affects the decision of going to and/or staying in school.
- Access is a key problem for poor and rural communities, where distance to a school can be a major constraint.
Our Policy Brief on Youth Education & Employment.
Retention of at-risk youth in school: Given that most youth drop out before they start secondary school, retention efforts must begin before youth enter secondary education.
Retention could be improved through greater early intervention to get children enrolled at the right age and a renewed focus on improving the quality of primary education, and this is our point of focus for Literacy for Life Program. A greater awareness for the importance of education, especially for girls and rural youth, is also essential.
Remediation through alternative education: For youth already out of school, the most likely path to complete their education is alternative education systems.
The PIVOT Program is a small-scale alternative education scheme that targets out-of-school youth to offer a mix of cognitive and technical skills development with life skills training and mentoring.
Integration with the labor market: Youth who are not likely to go back to school require practical training and experience to increase their employability.
PIVOT as a workforce development program considers, in terms of skills and services offered, that most youth will be self-employed or work for a small, informal enterprise.