Connecting Disadvantaged Youth to Quality Employment using ICTs (Latin America)

The Entra 21 program was created in 2001 by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and a number of other donors. Entra 21 increases the employability of disadvantaged youth between 16 and 20 years through training and job placement services, with a focus on jobs that use information and communication technology (ICT) skills. The first phase of the program supported 35 projects involving more than 19 000 youths in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). IDRC will join the IYF and the IDB in the implementation of Phase II of the Entra 21 program.

This grant will support two projects for highly vulnerable youth in Colombia and Ecuador, respectively. The projects will incorporate innovative methods such as distance learning, job coaching and online access to job market opportunities. Researchers will document the experiences and disseminate the lessons learned to participating countries in the region.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Saturday, November 1, 2008

End Date

Sunday, July 31, 2011


30 months

IDRC Officer

Smith, Matthew

Total funding

CA$ 726,900


Colombia, South America, Ecuador, North and Central America


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Susan Pezzullo


International Youth Foundation Inc.

Institution Country

United States

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