Youth and Child Protection

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In fleeing their homes, refugee youth often lose any chance of getting an education. They are stripped of the stable communities that served to guide their growth. Desperate and impressionable, they are vulnerable to exploitation by employers, human traffickers and militia recruiters.

Youth have specific needs and capabilities, and WRC’s Livelihoods program takes these complexities into account. We consult refugee youth for direct input to ensure that livelihood strategies fit well with the youths’ needs, interests, skills and available resources, and are driven by sustainable market demand.

The right work opportunities provide many benefits, including a source of income, a chance to learn new skills, a way to pay for future education, a place within the local social structure and a source of self-esteem. And livelihood programs are vital to the well-being of their host society. Research has shown that in underdeveloped countries, failing to integrate youth into the local labor market may increase political violence.