Doctoral Student, Martin Burt's Fundación Paraguaya wins top honor for youth employment good practices in ILO & MTV global competition

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Payson Center Doctoral Student and Adjunct Lecturer, Martin Burt received exciting news recently when he learned that  the non-profit organization he founded to promote entrepreneurship among the world's poor won a global competition sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and MTV. Burt's Fundación Paraguaya with its self-sufficient agricultural school program shares the first prize of the 2013 ILO Call for Good Practices on Youth Employment with two other organizations from Bangladesh and The Netherlands. The prize is to have each organization's youth employment practices featured in a video produced by MTV Latin America's "Agents of Change" program.

The call for good practices on youth employment  was announced in July 2013 by ILO and MTV. Over a period of three months, good and promising practices in youth employment were collected from all over the world via an online platform. Of the 101 programs presented three programs were selected as winners:

Fundación Paraguaya's project helps young beneficiaries from low-income rural households acquire technical skills and learn innovative business and marketing practices. The "Agents of Change" video promoting Fundación Paraguaya's youth employment good practice will air on MTV on May 1st.

Detailed information about the 2013 ILO Call for Good Practices on Youth Employment and the concepts put forth by the first prize winners can be read in a 47 page Summary Report  prepared by the ILO as well as on the Good Practices on Youth Employment Website.

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