At the Seventh Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy in Lima, Peru, Youngstars Foundation and Instituto Invertir organized a workshop on October 15 to ask, “What can be done to empower youth through economic inclusion?”
A well-rounded set of recommendations emerged from the workshop:
- Promote entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship (nonprofit sector).
- Include youth in planning processes on economic issues at all levels. Reach out to youth to listen and build trust. Help them to articulate their issues and give them platforms.
- Provide access to information on how to start a business, how to find a job, and what opportunities and resources are available.
- Provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs, especially through civil society. Give them tools such as leadership, teamwork, and conflict resolution, as well as technical, management, and vocational skills.
- Connect entrepreneurs with each other and connect different sectors that support entrepreneurs (universities, financial entities, businesses, NGOs, etc.). Share best practices.
- Improve education policy and address structural challenges so young people will have the right skills for the job market.
- Do not stop with training, but track the progress of participants in youth programs.
- Support youth initiatives at the local level.