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Webinar: Twinning in PVE: Modeling Employability Skills Training on Resiliency Framework

Event Date: 
Mar 06, 2019
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm EST
Online Event
Making Cents International’s Youth Economic Opportunities Network (YEO Network) and RTI International


Join Making Cents International’s Youth Economic Opportunities Network (YEO Network) and RTI International for an interactive Apply It! Webinar. The webinar will delve deeper into a conversation started at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (GYEO) in September 2018 about “PYD for CVE” and USAID’s Kenya Youth Employment and Skills (K-YES)program.

The K-YES program takes a whole-of-society approach to build multi-layered resiliency against youth participation in violent extremism. With funding from the U.S. Department of State's Partnership for the Regional East Africa Counterterrorism (PREACT) program, K-YES is working in partnership with local USAID implementing partners to pilot a youth mentoring and leadership program within the ongoing K-YES activities.

Webinar participants will gain insight on:

  • Specific topics to be addressed include The role of economic empowerment in creating a holistic approach to building youth resiliency to extremism;

  • KYES’ use of preliminary and ongoing research to design the intervention and learning agenda and implementation to date and efforts;

  • USAID’s youth development strategy as it relates to PVE.


Noah Flessel, Conflict and Transition Specialist, RTI International

Noah Flessel is a conflict and transition specialist with nine years of program design, implementation, and project management experience for USAID-funded programs focusing on community resiliency in political transition and post-conflict environments. He brings an in-depth, cross cutting program design perspective from working on USAID/OTI programs in Kenya, Lebanon, and Libya. Mr. Flessel manages RTI’s CVE working group, collaborating with researchers, subject matter experts, and field teams to link and contextualize best practice and academic thought with relevant programming opportunities.


Julia Drude, Conflict Advisor, USAID

Julia Drude she has been working on USAID's strategies, programming, and research into countering violent extremism, conflict mitigation, women, peace and security, and stabilization since 2015. Julia joins USAID after over five years of working at the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), where she led conflict prevention and mitigation initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the American University and a BA from Baylor University.

Ehud Gachugu, Deputy Chief of Party, K-YES

Ehud Gachugu is an accomplished youth employment specialist with over 16 years of professional and technical experience in youth workforce development. Ehud holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is currently a PhD finalist at The University of Nairobi. Ehud worked as the Executive Director of Eastleigh Community Centre and later as the Project Director of the World Bank, Kenya Youth Empowerment Project implemented by Kenya Private Sector Alliance. Ehud is the Deputy Chief of Party for Kenya Youth Employment and Skills Program, a USAID funded activity implemented by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International. Ehud is passionate about youth employment research and believes turning this knowledge into practice is fundamental in solving the unemployment challenge.

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