Making Cents convened more than 300 practitioners, educators, researchers, youth, funders, government representatives, and other partners in youth enterprise, employment, and livelihoods development from 43 countries for the 2009 Global Youth Enterprise Conference. The conference took place September 29-30, 2009 in Washington, DC.
This participatory and demand-driven learning event provided participants with a space to share their promising practices, lessons learned, and innovative ideas for increasing and improving economic opportunities for youth. A whole half-day focused on the new and growing field of Youth-Inclusive Financial Services. Participants have reported that as a direct result of having attended, they gained new technical capacity, explored new partnerships, and shared information with leading stakeholders from around the world. Making Cents is in the process of synthesizing the key learning points and programmatic examples from the conference to produce a practical publication, which will be disseminated and available for free download in early 2010. For more information on the conference and Making Cents´ post-conference publications, please visit: www.youtheconomicopportunities.org.
Focus on Financial Services. September 30, 2009, Washington, D.C
Making Cents will host a half-day dialogue focused on the state of the youth-inclusive financial services sector and strategize a participatory growth plan for the field over the next three years during the 2009 Global Youth Enterprise Conference. Become engaged and attend. For more information, please contact Rathi Mani, Youth-Inclusive Financial Services Linkage Project Coordinator, by email: email@example.com.
Adapting Training Products for Youth. September 28, 2009, Washington, D.C.
Making Cents hosted a half-day session on how to adapt several of the Making Cents field-tested enterprise development training products to participants' programs. Attendees gained hands-on experience with Making Cents training products, and learned how these products can be adapted to different programs. Featured curricula included: Market Opportunities curriculum, Agriculture Enterprise curriculum, Business Fundamentals for Cooperatives, and MicroEnterprise Fundamentals curriculum for illiterate and semi-literate populations.