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Countdown to the YMCA Future of Work Summit, 7-9 June 2021

31 May 2021

With a week to go until the YMCA Youth-Led Solutions Summit on ‘The Future of Work’, 7-9 June, over 750 people from over 80 countries have registered to take part.
Join us now if you haven’t yet registered: the deadline is 23:59 Geneva time on 5 June. Participation is free: we want as many young people as possible to benefit.

The context of the summit is simple: we are in a world of work in crisis – and transformation.   1 in 6 people aged 18-29 gave stopped working during the pandemic, says the ILO.  But there are new pathways to work, especially in the Green, Care and Creative economies. The is event is about exploring those and more, and equipping young people for today’s jobs market.

Across three days we’re hosting four plenary sessions and no less than 48 breakout sessions including workshops, roundtable discussions, Q&As, networking, and deep-dive panels that will provide opportunities to connect with peers and experts. All this, and full access to a resource hub of materials.

Here are just a very few of the events to look out for:

Monday 7 June, 16:45-17:45 CEST

Hearing Youth Voices on the Future of Work

Young people from around the world will discuss what the future of work means to them. What do they fear, what are they excited about, how are they preparing, and what has been the impact of the Covid pandemic on their views on the jobs and careers of the future?  The session will be led by students from the Geneva Graduate Institute and YMCA, as well as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Each organisation will introduce their own unique research findings to kick-start the debate.

Tuesday 8 June, 10:45-11:45 CEST

Using a Youth-Led approach: best practice from YMCA Kosovo

YMCA Kosovo will share their experience of textile recycling shops providing job opportunities for young people. It’s part of the Innovation HUB model: in partnership with UNICEF, YMCA supports young people with seed funding for their employment initiatives.

Tuesday 8 June, 17:45-18:45 CEST

Getting the digital skills everyone needs for the jobs of the future

This Interactive session led by YMCA Paisley, Scotland, with representatives from HP LIFE (Learning For Entrepreneurs), Accenture and Salesforce, will help young people understand the importance of digital skills for the world of work – and know where to get them.

Wednesday 9 June, 14:45-15:45

Tapping into the creative economy for youth employment

A session presented by the Global Opportunity Youth Network, a programme anchored by The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions alongside partners including Prudential, Global Development Incubator, YouthBuild International, and Accenture.  It will examine the potential of the creative economy in numbers, and how young people can design and implement its future.

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