EFE’s mission is to create job opportunities for youth so that they can contribute to their families and societies. EFE identifies sectors of the economy that offer potential for growth but lack appropriately-qualified personnel and develops training programs that lead directly to job placements for youth.
Focus: Youth unemployment, Education
Geographic Area of Impact: Morocco, Cairo, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Yemen
Model: Leveraged Not-for-Profit
Number of Direct Beneficiaries: 2,400 (2011)
Annual Budget: US$ 3.8 million (2011)
Recognition: Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2012
For vulnerable youth in the region, there is both a skills gap and a social divide that block access to employment opportunities. The public education systems graduate youth who lack practical skills in demand by employers, creating a skills gap and limited access to jobs. Employers in the region face the challenge of finding the right talent in the right quantity. This mismatch between supply and demand for labor, both in quality and quantity is widely recognized. Eight-seven percent of CEOs in the Middle East believe that the limited supply of candidates with the right skills will present the biggest organizational challenge over the next three years. Intensifying this disconnect is the social divide between vulnerable youth and private sector employers who are reluctant to hire youth from marginalized socio-economic backgrounds. More than training is required: civil society organizations are needed to help change mindsets so that employers give these youth a chance.
Innovation and Activities
EFE envisions a future in which young people in the Middle East and North Africa have the opportunity to reach their potential through careers that enable them to contribute positively to their families, their societies, and the world. EFE seeks to achieve this transformative change by addressing the challenge at two levels: first, EFE helps young people gains skills, secure a career and improve their quality of life while also becoming involved as active citizens in their community. Secondly, EFE promotes systemic change within public educational institutions in the MENA region to deliver quality career-oriented education that meets market demand. Both of these goals require building public-private partnerships with local and international businesses, the education sector, community-based organizations, other non-profits, international organizations, public policy entities, and governments to address youth unemployment, its causes, and possible solutions.
EFE takes a very simple and practical yet innovative approach to serving youth. EFE does this by starting with the employer. In this demand-driven strategy, EFE identifies sectors of the economy that offer solid potential for growth and job creation but lack appropriately-qualified personnel – and then identifies companies that are willing to commit to hire EFE graduates. Partnering with these companies and also with local educational institutions and trainers, EFE develops market-relevant, interactive training courses that are directly linked to job placements for successful graduates. EFE is working to change the mindsets of employers by showing them that there is an untapped pool of human capital in unemployed youth who receive practical education that equips them with valued skills. To date more than 4,400 youth have graduated from EFE training programs across five MENA countries and Palestine. Forty-four percent of graduates are female.
Jamie McAuliffe serves as President and CEO of EFE. He has over two decades of experience in leadership roles in both the non-profit and business sectors. Before joining EFE, Jamie served as Portfolio Manager at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, a NY-based foundation that pioneered a “scaling what works” grant-making strategy to support leading youth development non-profits in the United States. Between receiving his BA in Philosophy from Georgetown University and his MA in International Studies from John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, Jamie served as an inner-city school teacher for Teach for America.
Ron Bruder the Founder and Chair of EFE. He is best known as a serial entrepreneur and was mainly focused on real estate development before he founded EFE – to which he now devotes most of his professional time. Earlier this year, Mr Bruder was featured in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in recognition for his work in founding EFE. Mr. Bruder has a BA in Economics (Adelphi University), an MBA in Finance (New York University) and a post-Masters degree in Accounting & Taxation (Iona College).
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