Young people’s transition from school to work is a key moment their lives.
This transition is of concern in Africa today for three reasons. First, the region currently experiences a ‘youth bulge,’ i.e., a historical swelling of its population of young adults. Second, many of these remain unemployed and socially disengaged for long periods of time after their schooling. Third, this life-stage –already prone to risk-taking behavior—can become a period of skill loss, despair, and social alienation unless specific programs are implemented to engage youth during that period or to build skills that foster resilience.
Our project, in that light, will test several programmatic interventions that can support youth as they transition from school to work. It involves several data collection, analysis, and policy dissemination activities.