Education Development Center, Inc.'s Garissa Youth Project (G-Youth) Work Readiness Program (WRP) is G-Youth's primary activity for out-of-school youth. The program caters to each individual in a way that personalizes the journey and allows the participant to explore personal strengths to invest in and weaknesses to address and strengthen. Once this part of the journey is completed, youth feel more empowered to learn about putting their personal character into practical use through community services and direct interaction with their surroundings.
Upon completion of the program, youth will be equipped with a set of life and work skills that will allow them to make better decisions and transition to adulthood feeling confident and capable of taking charge of their lives. This curriculum caters to a range of youth, whether they are dropouts, graduates of high school, or university-educated. The goal of the WRP is to build the confidence and skills of Garissan youth, so they can set work and career goals and be proactive in pursuing those goals. Simply put, the WRP seeks to shift the mindset and behavior of youth from a mindset of “I can’t” to “I can” and give youth the skills to be successful in their career planning and job-hunting or job-creation efforts.
The WRP consists of three phases over a period of approximately five months:
Phase 1: Career Development Training (the curriculum under review is Phase 1)
Phase 2: Entrepreneurship Training (not under review)
Phase 3: Practical Work Internships (not under review)
The curriculum includes three modules: Personal Leadership Development, Career Planning, and Skills for Work Success. Each module is taught over two weeks, three hours a class, three days a week for a total of six weeks. Each week the youth also participate in either service learning or a career-oriented lecture series.
Garissa Youth Project (G-Youth) Work Readiness Program Modules:
Module 1: Personal Leadership Development focuses on building life skills and personal leadership skills through serving the community; hands on practical experience and putting skills into practice are well-planned.
Module 2: Career Planning is designed in a way that offers youth the chance to interact with local professionals from various sectors and industries, by exposing youth to different career opportunities at different levels of the job ladder and inspiring them with stories from role models in the community. It supports youth in identifying the career options available to them and provides them with a better understanding of requirements and future growth possibilities within each.
Module 3: Skills for Work Success is directed toward building work-readiness skills that make youth more employable and that increase their chances of succeeding in the career path they choose.
No formal evaluation results available
All skills provided by the series of modules are considered important in terms of both life and employability skills. They are all proven by various market researchers to be essential for success and helping youth become employable.
Yet, due to complexity of the text used in the student workbook, the degree to which youth will learn is highly dependent on the facilitators' ability to simplify the material in a way that makes it comrehensible and understandable by youth. Another point that must be mentioned is the timeframe needed for training completion. For youth who cannot afford to be in training for a long period of time and need to start working to generate income, it might be too long to spend five months in training. When applying the material, and as part of planning, discussions should be had with the targeted community to agree on the best time for training so that it doesn't conflict with youth’s work, if they are economically active.
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