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1 BRAC and Youth Maria May, BRAC Social Innovation Lab Santhosh Ramdoss, BRAC USA

2 Methodology Program data Conversations with staff Published literature Goal Answer the question: to what extent has and is BRAC engaging with youth?

3 Youth The period between childhood and adult age Males and females between the ages of 11 and 25 This Presentation

4 Our vision for Youth A world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where young people have the opportunity to realise their potential.

5 Today you will hear a lot about activities and programs

6 But not from us!

7 Instructions = If you think the statement is true = If you think the statement is false 1.Take the green and red cards out of your folder now. 2.We will show a statement and read it aloud. 3.Please raise ONE card immediately to indicate whether you think the statement is true or false. 4.We will estimate the results of the poll and then share with you the answer.

8 Quick test of comprehension Brazil will win the next world cup.

9 1. BRAC has been working with youth for more than twenty years

10 TRUE: BRAC has been working with youth for even longer Reading Centers Schools for older children in Bangladesh 1993 Empowerment program for girls 2003 Microfinance loans for young people 2007 Integrated program for girls 2008 Girls program in Uganda and Tanzania 2010 Protecting girls from harassment 2011 Innovative Livelihood and Vocational training

11 2. BRAC’s “mainstream” programs reach more youth than BRAC’s youth-specific programs

12 TRUE: BRAC actually reaches a higher number of youth through its mainstream programs ~ 3 Million Young People Youth-Specific Programs ~ 7.5 million Young People Mainstream Programs

13 3. Today’s youth live in a different world from youth 20 years ago

14 True: Today’s world is radically different 1980s Limited mobility for girls Getting girls into primary and secondary schools 1990s Keeping girls in school Delaying marriage and pregnancy 2000s Shifting cultural norms Increasing women in the workplace Today Skill training and jobs Leveraging technology

15 4. BRAC’s youth-specific programs only work with girls

16 FALSE: BRAC has found ways to keep its focus on girls 75% girls 57% girls 60% girls

17 5. Most participants are under the age of 15 in BRAC’s girl programs

18 FALSE: Over half of the members are over the age of Yrs16-20 Yrs Yrs 43% 27% 41%

19 6. Most BRAC programs have to date “missed the opportunity” to work with youth

20 FALSE: BRAC has a growing focus on youth across geographies Youth-specific programs in 6 out of 10 BRAC countries Bangladesh Uganda Tanzania South Sudan Haiti Afghanistan

21 33% 22% Clients below the age of 25 40% However, Youth are hidden in our mainstream programs

22 7. Youth needs are largely specific to local context

23 FALSE: There are huge patterns in needs

24 TRUE: The solutions depend on local context

25 Conclusions A lot of experience to build on Opportunities to do more Data Diversity in youth

26 Thank You Acknowledgements Imran Matin Farzana Kashfi Youth Focal Points Sameena Alam, Social Innovation Lab James Ariwante, BRAC USA


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