This toolkit is designed to identify effective policies that support the preparation of livelihood opportunities for out-of-school youth in terms of earning, learning, and skill development opportunities. It identifies programmes that serve a variety of aspects of youth development, including conflict-affected youth, unemployed college graduates, illiterate youth, youth with little or no work experience, and urban and rural youth. It also provides tools to adapt the references programmes and approaches to varying contexts.
The toolkit is divided into seven sections, these cover:
elements of effective programmes: briefly summarises the criteria developed by practitioners that have been used in the United States and South Africa to guide programme officers in the development and evaluation of youth livelihood programmes
principles of effective practices are drawn from the experience of effective programmes. They are followed by a list of questions intended as a guide for programme officers, youth serving NGOs, or government agencies to develop and deliver effective livelihood preparation services
adapting standards to a country or project: examples of questions that can be used to identify standards and indicators to measure programme effectiveness
USAID youth livelihood projects identifies USAID-funded youth livelihood programmes. This list will be updated regularly as new youth livelihood projects are identified. These include: Vietnam, West Bank/Gaza, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Jordan and Haiti
youth livelihood preparation services describes the types of services that youth need, in addition to providing examples of effective services. The manual also includes links to websites of programmes and funders that can provide more specific service examples
effective youth livelihood programme development and implementation: provides a set of questions to develop and plan a programme