Employment Rewired: Youth Impact Labs Learning Event

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On September 22-23, Mercy Corps hosted Youth Impact Labs’ culminating learning event! Youth Impact Labs (YIL) is a three-year global youth employment and innovation initiative, supported by Google.org, that identifies and stimulates creative, technology-oriented solutions to youth unemployment. This 2-day event took place over the course of 5 virtual sessions, sharing program learnings, helping elevate opportunities for job creation and economic growth through innovation, particularly in the face of COVID-19. #FutureofWork

All recordings for day 1 and 2 can be found here and here respectively.

Click here for a list of speakers.

Thank you to Selestream for providing the live streaming of this event!

Schedule (all timing in EAT/EEST):

September 22

Session 1: 4:00 - 5:00: Introduction, high level overview of YIL and learnings, moderated by BEAM Exchange


The BEAM Exchange is a specialist platform for knowledge exchange and learning about using market systems approaches to reduce poverty.

This keynote presentation will provide a high-level program overview and showcase the successes and challenges learned through this innovative model.

Session 2: 5:30 - 6:30: Role of Technology in Accelerating Job Creation

In this session, we will share how technology has played a critical role in accelerating job creation and where it has provided challenges.

Session 3: 7:00 - 8:00: Does Digital Technology Help Create More Inclusive Opportunities?

This session will focus on the ways in which technology is helping address constraints and barriers for women, youth, people with disabilities, and others who face discrimination in the gig economy.

September 23

Session 4: 4:00 - 5:00: Building Resilience for the Digital Gig Economy Worker

This session uses COVID-19 as a case study to show critical components of building resilience for workers in the gig economy.

Session 5: 5:30 - 6:30: What’s Next? The Future of Youth Employment

This final session will showcase Mercy Corps’ vision for the next phase of youth employment, and provide insights and tangible next steps from the donor community on how we can work together to continue to drive impact in this space.