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Date:  6/2/2014 
Education Partnership for At-Risk Youth
- The Education Partnership for At-Risk Youth initiative, launched at the 2009 Summit of the Americas, promotes public-private partnerships that expand education and employment opportunities for at-risk youth in Latin American and Caribbean countries that have high levels of inequality, significant youth unemployment, and an active and engaged private sector and civil society.
- During the initial phase of the initiative, the United States implemented three regional public-private partnership pilots established via the International Youth Foundation’s (IYF) Obra program, based in sub-regional hubs in Jamaica, Guatemala, and Peru. The United States provided seven Obra innovation grants to promising or existing youth-focused public-private partnerships in those three countries, providing 1,500 youth received life skills and employment training. The United States mobilized an additional $3.5 million in commitments from private sector partners within the three countries to support at-risk youth. The Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) program reached 600 youth in Jamaica.
- With lessons learned from Obra, the United States and its partners expanded the successful A Ganar Alliance. The A Ganar program started as a four-country pilot in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and was expanded to include four additional countries: Dominica, Suriname, Guatemala, and Honduras. A Ganar now covers 16 countries in the region through support from the U.S. government and Inter-American Development Bank. U.S. government support to A Ganar Alliance has provided life skills and technical training to 3,600 youth since 2009, and will reach an additional 2,400 at-risk youth by 2015.

Investing in Young People
- The United States invests in education and vocational training programs designed and administered by local community members and parents to help their young people develop the skills they need to become leaders, find employment and launch enterprises that contribute to the local economy.
- Nearly 20 percent of active Inter-American Foundation (IAF) grants in 2009-2013 were dedicated to working with marginalized or at-risk youth, and 25 percent of IAF grant funds during this period were committed to education or training initiatives, for a total of $19.6 million. Youth aged 18 years or younger make up about one-third of beneficiaries from U.S. government grants through the IAF.
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Date:  6/15/2010 
Education Partnerships for At-Risk Youth:

• The President proposed a pilot program to form partnerships with countries that have the highest levels of inequality,
significant numbers of unemployed and at-risk youth, and considerable potential for leveraging additional public and private sector resources. This program will focus on youth at risk such as out of school youth, under-employed youth, and ex-gang
• In November 2009, The United States signed a $2 million cooperative agreement with the International Youth Foundation
to implement Obra, a program that will build three public-private partnerships in sub-regional hubs centered in Jamaica, Guatemala and Peru, to raise awareness of youth-at-risk issues and strengthen services to improve education and employment prospects for youth throughout the region.
• Obra was launched in Kingston, Jamaica on April 14, 2010. The launch kicked off partnership-building activities and included
a workshop that allowed partners from each sub-region to review the many challenges facing the region’s young people and identify what is working to support youth.
• Over the life of the project, Obra will improve employment and educational outcomes for 1,000 youth at risk, and partnerships will be used as a platform to share best practices.


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