AGFUND has supported and targeted youth projects to improveemployability of disadvantaged youth, aged 16-29, through information technology skills. The purpose ofsupporting projects that establish partnerships between NGOs, IT training providers and businesses is to prepare and place disadvantaged youth in jobs using IT skills, to disseminate lessons learned and to promote best practices derived from the projects.. After the study conducted by AGFUND in MENA, there has been an increasing demand on training and employing youth to gethigh quality regarding the local market needs,which provides the youth with the recognized skills that result in long term true and professional job opportunities.In addition, it has been noted, according to studies conducted by the World Bank, that main sectors, such as hospitality and tourism, provide more jobs for youth, especially in the Middle East. However, the absence of the major needed by youth in the region as well as lack of skills and training required for holding the vacancies in this sector renders participation of youth in the localeconomyweak. Therefore, AGFUND inaugurated two projects for youth:
- Life skills for the 21stCentury
AGFUND has linked and networked the various bodies to expand youth projects
- Arab Open University -Saudi Arabia Branch and International Youth Foundation are linked and networked to train male and female youth in “Passport to Success” project. The project will be launched in the Arab Open University – Jordan Branch.
- Arab Open University –headquarters, Lebanon branch and Riyadhbranch – has entered into partnership to develop a curriculum about “Life Skills in the 21stCentury” which will be limited to the Arab Open University.
Participation conditions stipulate that the trainee must have completed the secondary stage or at the last years of the secondary stage.The project purpose was to make use of the various lessons and experiences to enhance application of the best practices against life challenges. It is an element in developing and spreading experiencesand is deemed one of the most important elementsof the project ad may be achieved through conferences, symposiums, presentations, publications, researches and studying youth employment issues through IT and their participation in the electronic mass media in addition to assessing the internal projects.
- 60 male and female youths have been trained on training of trainers (TOT) within “Passport to Success” program provided by International Youth Organization. The course completed successfully. Additionally, (26) male and female youths have been qualified to the second stage of “Master Trainers”.
- 742 male and female youths have been trained in the KSA by “trainers of trainers” which lasted for two months. AGFUND is about to train trainers (TOT) by the team qualified to “Master Trainers”.
- King Khalid Foundation has been communicatedin order to form a united team by “Trainers of Trainers” of AGFUND and Arab Open University. 250 male and female youths were trained. The course lasted for two months and completed successfully.