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Youth at Risk in Latin America and the Caribbean : Understanding the Causes, Realizing the Potential

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  • Wendy Cunningham
  • Linda McGinnis
  • Rodrigo García Verdú
  • Cornelia Tesliuc
  • Dorte Verner

Abstract

Realizing the potential of Latin America and the Caribbean's (LAC) youth is essential not only to their well-being, but also to the long-term welfare of the whole region. Young people's families, communities, and governments as well as private, nonprofit, and international organizations, have a responsibility to help youth reach their potential. There have been many successes but also important failures. How to build on the successes and correct the failures is the subject of this report. This book has two objectives: to identify the at-risk youth in LAC, and to provide evidence-based guidance to policy makers in LAC countries that will help them to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their youth investments. The book concludes that governments can be more effective in preventing young people from engaging in risky behavior in the first place and also in assisting those who already are engaged in negative behavior. To support governments in this endeavor, the book provides a set of tools to inform and guide policy makers as they reform and implement programs for at-risk youth.

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  • Wendy Cunningham & Linda McGinnis & Rodrigo García Verdú & Cornelia Tesliuc & Dorte Verner, 2008. "Youth at Risk in Latin America and the Caribbean : Understanding the Causes, Realizing the Potential," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6483, June.
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    1. Joana Silva & Rita Almeida & Victoria Strokova, 2015. "Sustaining Employment and Wage Gains in Brazil," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 22545, June.
    2. Menezes-Filho, Naercio & Scorzafave, Luiz, 2009. "Employment and Inequality of Outcomes in Brazil," Insper Working Papers wpe_200, Insper Working Paper, Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa.
    3. Bentaouet Kattan,Raja & Székely,Miguel, 2015. "Analyzing the dynamics of school dropout in upper secondary education in Latin America : a cohort approach," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7223, The World Bank.
    4. Seema Joshi, 2012. "‘Youth Bulge’: Calling for Higher Public Investment on Child and Youth Development for Greater Future Returns," Working Papers 2012/19, Maastricht School of Management.
    5. World Bank, 2011. "Violence in the City," World Bank Other Operational Studies 27454, The World Bank.
    6. Monica Parra-Torrado, 2014. "Youth Unemployment in the Caribbean," World Bank Other Operational Studies 18999, The World Bank.
    7. Cunningham, Wendy & Villasenor, Paula, 2014. "Employer voices, employer demands, and implications for public skills development policy," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6853, The World Bank.
    8. Wendy V. Cunningham & Paula Villaseñor, 2016. "Employer Voices, Employer Demands, and Implications for Public Skills Development Policy Connecting the Labor and Education Sectors," World Bank Research Observer, World Bank Group, vol. 31(1), pages 102-134.
    9. Emma Aguila & Nelly Josefina Mejia Gonzalez & Francisco Perez-Arce & Alfonso Rivera Illingworth, 2013. "Pobreza y Vulnerabilidad en México El caso de los Jóvenes que no Estudian ni Trabajan," Working Papers WR-991, RAND Corporation.
    10. Adelman,Melissa Ann & Szekely,Miguel, 2016. "School dropout in Central America : an overview of trends, causes, consequences, and promising interventions," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7561, The World Bank.
    11. Cunningham, Wendy, 2009. "Unpacking youth unemployment in Latin America," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5022, The World Bank.
    12. Baron,Juan & Popova,Anna & Sanchez Diaz,Angelica Maria, 2016. "Following Mexican youth : a short-run study of time use decisions," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7534, The World Bank.
    13. Székely,Miguel & Karver,Jonathan George, 2015. "Youth out of school and out of work in Latin America : a cohort approach," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7421, The World Bank.
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    15. Renata Gukovas & Miriam Muller & Ana Claudia Pereira & Maira Emy Reimao, 2016. "A Snapshot of Gender in Brazil Today," World Bank Other Operational Studies 25976, The World Bank.
    16. Christian Bodewig & Reena Badiani-Magnusson & Kevin Macdonald & David Newhouse & Jan Rutkowski, 2014. "Skilling Up Vietnam : Preparing the Workforce for a Modern Market Economy," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 18778, June.
    17. Erika E. Atienzo & Susan K. Baxter & Eva Kaltenthaler, 2017. "Interventions to prevent youth violence in Latin America: a systematic review," International Journal of Public Health, Springer;Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), vol. 62(1), pages 15-29, January.
    18. Peter J. Glick & Crystal Huang & Nelly Mejia, 2015. "The Private Sector and Youth Skills and Employment Programs in Low and Middle-Income Countries," World Bank Other Operational Studies 23260, The World Bank.
    19. Cunningham, Wendy & Salvagno, Javier Bustos, 2011. "Youth employment transitions in Latin America," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5521, The World Bank.

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