fighting poverty by Graduating Employable Youth

Mock interviews, résumé writing, connecting with employers in their communities — CI teens are focused on developing workplace skills to help them be successful at their jobs and change their lives for good. 

    How (specifically) does your support help kids?

    Kids enrolled in our sponsorship program have access to the just-right mix of resources, based on location, age and life circumstances. What is sponsorship? Find out more.

    Here are some of the ways we work to enable employment:

    • Linking youth to vocational training and university programs in their countries, helping guide them on a path that fits their interests, abilities and the likelihood to find work. 
    • Awarding scholarships to attend vocational school, college or other higher education institutions.
    • Ensuring that work-readiness activities, soft-skills development and job placement are part of our training programs.
    • Providing career counselors who teach interview techniques and conduct mock job interviews.
    • Counseling on résumé creation, lining up letters of recommendation and preparing other necessary documentation.
    • Guiding teens to resources like online career guidance, assessment in talents and career interests, and job listings.
    • Building relationships between CI staff and local employers and business organizations so we can help match teens to appropriate opportunities.


    Why employment?

    To have any hope of escaping poverty, income from stable work is essential.

    That means kids need to grow up to have the skills that employers require. And with the benefit of other skills acquired through our programs focused on education and empowerment, they’re on a good path. But there’s still work to do. That makes our focus on employment an important tool to help break the cycle of poverty for generations to come. 

    What gets measured?

    (In other words, how do you know it's working?)

    "What gets measured gets done," someone once said. (And we agree!) We work with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) to measure specific results as part of our program.

    Employability means working to make sure the teens in our program have adequate marketable job skills and that they know how to enter the workforce. We measure the number of teens in our program aged 18–24 who have:

    • Increased marketable skills, measured by the percent of teens actively developing skills through university or vocational training programs. For younger teens, we measure enrollment. For young adults, we measure completion.
    • Enhanced access to the local job market, measured by the percent of program youth (18- to 24-year-olds) who demonstrate knowledge and skills to access the job market in their communities.

    Adolfo and María

    Meet CI graduates Adolfo and María from impoverished neighborhoods in Colombia. What these two have achieved and how they are giving back after starting out in such difficult circumstances is nothing short of inspirational.

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