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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned documents outline the array of lessons learned and recommendations made from EQUIP 3 Associate Awards. Documenting these lessons is important for guiding the field of youth development forward and for providing both current and future youth-development projects with helpful tools and insights for successful outcomes.

Afghanistan (LCEP): The Afghanistan Literacy and Community Empowerment Program (LCEP) Final Report

Haiti (IDEJEN): Lessons Learned from Moving the Haitian Youth Livelihoods Initiative (IDEJEN) Beyond the Pilot Phase

Education for All Youth Challenge Grant (EFA)

EFA publications form part of a series of “Lessons Learned” publications summarizing what is being learned “on the ground” from projects in more than a dozen countries. The three companion pieces explore lessons learned from small demonstration EFA programs in South Africa, Jamaica, and Uganda. The reports add substance to the growing attention being paid to youth issues in international development. We look forward to sharing more lessons from EQUIP3’s experience, with the goal of improving youth development programs around the world.

City Year in South Africa

This report summarizes the lessons from a fairly small-scale effort to adapt a very successful U.S.-based model for service-learning to the challenging circumstances of South Africa. Seen through a lens of the dramatic need for better prepared young workers in this country, the project represented a shift in emphasis for the City Year model. The report examines the process of adapting the project mission to the context, and reflects on the challenge of balancing “fidelity to the (original) model” with the demands of a new economic and social context.

Engaging Young Men in Jamaica's Urban Areas

This report focuses on a growing population of young men who are out of school and unemployed, and at rist of or engaged in gang activity or violent behavior. Working with a small sub-set of about 80 young men in the Grants Pen community within Kingston, the project achieved modest but demonstrable success in improving literacy and numeracy, and building employment and livelihood skills through music and aquatic activity. The report summarizes practical lessons learned regarding project design, preparation of the community, implementation, and direct implementation for similar youth projects that focus on young men living in environments with high levels of violence.

Sports for Youth Development, Uganda

This report summarizes the lessons from a fairly small-scale effort in two regions of Uganda - Lira and Kumi - to use sports as a means of engaging young people in education, healthy living, and peacebuilding in these post-conflict regions. In particular, the project sought partnership with a local non-governmental organization, The Kids League (TKL), in an effort to document the life of the project, and to establish a system for monitoring and evaluation of this and similar asset-based approaches to youth development. This document speaks about the project's lessons learned in tracking youth developmental assets throughout the project as a way to monitor and document a holistic youth intervention. .

Lessons Learned: What Works in Youth Engagement

This is a presentation made by Learning and Dissemination Specialist Cathryn Thorup during the Democracy and Governance Program Officers' workshop in June 2005.

An EQuALLS2 classroom in Mindanao, Philippines, prepares to start the day.  Photo by Karl Grobl.


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