The goal of the School-to-Work Initiative is not just to transition girls from school into training opportunities and decent work, but to expand their options for healthy, productive futures. Guided by the principles of Positive Youth Development, our School-to-Work Initiative embraces the following approaches:
We work to proactively and intentionally engage girls by building their confidence and ability to lead while, together, identifying the barriers to education and work and designing solutions.
We work across sectors to ensure adolescent girls and young women have access to critical resources such as quality reproductive health services and child care options for young mothers.
Lifelong Learning & Resilience
PCI supports the acquisition of transferable skills, such as critical thinking and communication, to help equip girls for life as employees, entrepreneurs, mothers, partners and leaders.
Supportive Family & Social Structures
We help create safe spaces and mentorship opportunities while working with families and communities to create positive networks and enabling environments where girls can be free from harm, unencumbered by gender stereotypes and pursue their dreams.
Inclusive Labor Markets
PCI partners with the private and public sectors to increase protections for women and girls in the workplace against sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We also help tailor workforce development programs and apprenticeships to meet the requirements of new and emerging sectors, such as green jobs, agricultural extension, health and technology, finance, and information and communications technology.
Strong Public Sector Policies
We help local and national policy and decision-makers work with educators, girls and communities to influence and implement policies that enhance girls’ empowerment and earning potential.
Cutting-Edge Research & Evidence
We support research and global learning—from mapping the problem and surfacing best-practice solutions, to applied operations and intervention research—to drive innovation and inform the design and refinement of our program strategies.
International Labour Organization, ‘Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020’.