Challenge:Future will address the challenge of youth unemployment by organizing events to empower youth. Through a series of 10-12 local or regional Challenge:Youth Career Bootcamps over the next year, Challenge:Future will provide personal and professional skill development and access to career opportunities for 1,500 young people ages 18-30. The Career Bootcamps will be 1 to 2 day events organized in partner countries, and will be comprised of the following four sessions: Skills for Tomorrow Jobs (empowering youth with professional skills); Personal Development (focus on personal growth); Building experiences through social, community, or business engagement; and Connecting Youth with Job Opportunities (short interviews and meeting with potential employers, internships).
By partnering with relevant local organizations, institutions, companies, and youth communities, Challenge:Youth Career Bootcamps will empower 1,500 event participants, with the goal of matching at least 110 youth with employment opportunities as a result of their participation in the Bootcamp. The Challenge:Future team will collect existing job opportunities, and work with local employers to create new positions. In this way, the Career Bootcamps will represent a win-win solution for potential employers and youth.
Challenge:Future (C:F) is a global youth think-DO-tank with a community of 32,000 members coming from more than 200 countries. With its 80 local hubs worldwide, C:F enables young people to facilitate the transition period between education and employment by encouraging entrepreneurship and youth creativity, stimulating youth participation in volunteer projects, and empowering and educating youth through best practice examples. Challenge:Future also promotes the exchange of ideas, and cultural diversity, as well as increasing interpersonal and intercultural understanding, solidarity, and global awareness.
The preparatory phase will begin in March 2013, with structuring the concept of local Career Bootcamps. Project preparation and coordination will include all active members in 12 countries where C:F has a local chapter. In March 2013, all partner organizations and Challenge:Future chapters will be contacted and will start with event planning, contacting local partners, and identifying internship opportunities. Planned preparation activities also include development of online and printed materials to strengthen youth employability prospects, to create jobs, or job opportunities.
Program activities will start in April 2013 with the launch of events through the online competition. The online competition will identify and develop the most valuable content and learning methodologies, inspiring youth participants from all partner countries to collaborate, co-create projects for generating future jobs, and acquire the needed skills and competencies for real implementation. The online competition will not only promote the Career Bootcamps, but also include strong input on youth learning needs, skill mismatches, and career plans.
From May - December 2013, 10-12 local Career Bootcamps will be organized, locally or regionally, training 1,500 young people ages 18-30. The main purpose of these Bootcamps, apart from skills development and youth empowerment, is to bring real internship and career opportunities. For the first year of the Career Bootcamps C:F aims to place 110 young people in enriching employment opportunities. Challenge:Future and its partners will also provide post-event professional mentorship opportunities, as well as peer-to-peer mentoring to the participants.
In January 2014, a follow up with local chapters will be conducted, to see how many youth have reported job placement after attending a Career Bootcamp. After the project completion all feedback and evaluation forms will be analyzed and prepared in the form of a structured report with suggestions for improvements for future events.
Today, as 50% of world population is below the age of 26, youth unemployment is reaching new peaks every month. Today, around 2 billion students are in schools, spending 50 billion hours learning every week. Tomorrow, every third or even second might be unemployed and trapped in the cycle of poverty. For some countries, having completed tertiary education no longer lowers the risk of unemployment compared to having no qualifications. This is the case for eastern European (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania and Slovenia) countries, as well as for Denmark and Finland. As for Turkey, its impressive economic growth in the last decade has not been matched by a comparable strong growth in job creation. The high rate of unemployment amongst university-educated youth reflects their high labor-force participation rate. On the other hand, in countries outside of the European Union, the situation is even more challenging. In India, more than 40% of children do not receive even a primary school education. In the African continent, Nigeria, Uganda, and Rwanda hit high on the youth unemployment list. A country that is facing youth unemployment in a stunning manner and could offer valuable lessons in this respect is Singapore, where the youth jobless rate is only 5.9%.