NEO is a pioneering initiative in which businesses, governments and civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean join forces to improve the employment opportunities for 1 million youth, half of them women, by 2022. In response to the labor market needs and thanks to the investment of US$100 million, 500,000 youth from 12 countries will be part of NEO by 2017. More information here

Benefits for
  • Job training
  • Access to more and better employability services
  • Better opportunities for labor market access
  • More confidence and optimism about employment possibilities
  • Access to training programs that meet businesses' needs
  • Access to a qualified workforce
  • Increased productivity
  • Influence on public policies
  • Greater social commitment and brand recognition
  • Better coordination of career counseling, youth training, and job placement systems
  • Deeper relationships with business leaders
  • Ability to leverage resources from different sources
  • Increase in the employment rate of poor and vulnerable youth
  • Strengthen technical and institutional capacity
  • Implementation of validated best practices
  • Better articulation with the private and public sectors
  • Influence on public policies


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Author: Susana Flores
Gloria is a 22-year old single mom living with her extended family in a low-income neighborhood of Lima. Through the Caterpillar Foundation-supported EquipYouth project, she learned the technical skills she needed to work in warehouse management and the life skills to help her get ahead in her career and life. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Author: Susana Flores
From 2001 to 2011, more than 135,000 young people benefitted from participation in entra21, which provided disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 29 in 22 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with job training and placement services.

Friday, April 22, 2016

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Author: Susana Flores

When he was only 15 years old Fabián had to drop out of school to work to help his family get ahead. "When you only have a middle school education all you can aspire to is a very low salary," says Fabián. 

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