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Finding work a challenge for all millennials, including refugees

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  • Amanda Cupido, World Vision International
  • September 19, 2017
Finding work a challenge for all millenn

It’s the classic “chicken or the egg” dilemma. What comes first: a job, so you can get experience? Or experience, so you can get a job? The average millennial knows this quandary all too well.

According to No Lost Generation research, it’s also a concern for youth and adolescents affected by the conflict in Syria.

Hatem Mekkawi is a 24-year-old refugee from Syria, living in Jordan. He was one of the people who helped conduct the research about what challenges refugees his age are facing. Here’s the video he produced, with his findings.

This month, Microsoft, UNICEF, World Vision and NetHope co-hosted the No Lost Generation Symposium in Silicon Valley. It provided a space for private-sector companies to be paired with humanitarian work to help address some of the challenges faced by refugees like Hatem.

“We are playing matchmaker,” said Mark Chapple, to the room of more than 50 attendees, representing organizations like HP, Dropbox and Accenture. As the head of No Lost Generation for World Vision’s Syria Response region, Chapple highlighted the need for partnerships.

“We want to bring together the expertise, the innovative approach and the ideas from the tech community, and how they can address some of the key challenges for some of the world’s most vulnerable people,” he said.

Read the full story at the NetHope Blog.