In developing countries alone, there are 1.3 billion youth, both with and without disabilities. Many of them need jobs. But young people, who may lack both skills and experience, find that a challenge.
This September 15 to 16, 2008, in Washington, DC, USA, Making Cents International will convene practitioners, donors, educators, youth, members of the private sector, representatives of governments, and other partners in youth enterprise, entrepreneurship, and livelihood development for the Global Youth Enterprise Conference. This conference is for individuals who are committed to investing in young people. It is meant to give participants the opportunity to share lessons, good practice, and ideas for how they can create more economic opportunity for young people.
Conference organizers are accepting session proposals for Breakout Sessions. All proposals should be submitted by April 4, 2008. Submit as early as possible. Their preferred mode of receiving session proposal is via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This could be an opportunity for people involved with disabled youth to submit proposals for sessions focused on disability issues. As one possible example, perhaps you know about a project that has successfully helped young people with disabilities find or create jobs. Or perhaps you can share pragmatic tips with mainstream youth programs about how they can become more inclusive of disabled youth in their activities.
For more information about criteria for proposals, or alternate means for submitting them, please follow the link to:
The conference organizers also invites exhibitors to rent table space ($650 if you apply before April 18, 2008; $800 if you apply between April 18 and July 31, 2008). Interested exhibitors should read more detail at the conference web site at:
The main web site for the conference is at:
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