Lessons learned on “CITIZEN SECURITY AND AT-RISK YOUTH

Washington DC, September21th, 2016 – The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), partner of the YouthPower Learning program hosted the "CITIZEN SECURITY AND AT-RISK YOUTH" webinarin occasion of the International Peace Day.

The pervasive effects of crime and violence affects people at all levels around the world, unfortunately, young people are no exception. As part of Youth Power Learning, Youth in Peace and Security Community of Practice, YABT organized a webinar focused on citizen security and at-risk youth. This session featured program implementers discussing the most common challenges when working with at-risk youth and how they overcome them.

The session was led by Mrs. Heather Sutton, Research Coordinator on Crime and Violence in the Caribbean at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).  Heatherpresented key findings from the IDB’s research and experience implementing projects focused on at-risk youth in the Caribbean.Also, she shared with the audience the results of two case studies within the framework of “Citizen Security Programs & Youth” implemented by the IDB in Jamaica and the Bahamas.

“Programs that work in other contexts should be tried, tested and adapted in the Caribbean. Those that work should be part of a national strategy, in each country, to make sure that the most at-risk youth have access to them. However, it is fundamental that this strategy be driven by knowledge of what actually does from careful and robust evaluations, not speculation about what should work” said the presenter.

YouthPower’s Learning Network aims to work with the global community in the exploration, evaluation, and strengthening of youth-serving programs around the world. At the center of the network are YouthPower’s Communities of Practice (CoPs) – social networks that drive discovery of promising practices in positive and cross-sectoral youth development. There are currently four active CoPs under YouthPower Learning.

The CoP on Youth, Peace and Security explores and promotes the role of youth in peacebuilding efforts. In pursuit of this goal, members of the CoP expand the evidence base – gathering both field and academic knowledge –to demonstrate the complimentary nature of PYD and peacebuilding efforts. Upon establishing this connection, the CoP will design and disseminate actionable learning for implementers to incorporate PYD into their programs targeting violence- or conflict-affected populations. 

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About Young Americas Business Trust (YABT)

The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is an international non-profit organization, founded in 1999, and works in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS). YABT supports OAS objectives and mandates of the Summit of the Americas, to develop and implement programs and activities that encourage entrepreneurship and leadership among youth in the countries of the Americas - fighting poverty and creating more opportunities for youth.