DDD’s recruits disadvantaged high school graduates, ages 17-24, including young women and men, and youth with disabilities. Recruited youth participate in a work/study program which offers training, employment, and the opportunity to complete higher education.
A rigorous recruitment process ensures that the youth who join DDD have the skills, commitment and maturity to succeed in the work/study program. DDD works with partners, including schools and NGOs for referrals to youth who meet our program criteria. A key element of the recruitment process is a home visit. This ensures that youth come from disadvantaged circumstances. Field workers also make sure that families understand how DDD’s program work--and are supportive.
DDD is committed to a gender balanced workforce. As part of the recruitment process, staff proactively reach out to young women. Our human resources staff works to ensure that our workplace is welcoming for young women.
In addition, DDD’s partners identify youth with disabilities with the capability to succeed in our program. In Cambodia and Laos, DDD recruits youth with physical disabilities and our offices have made accommodations for wheelchairs. In Kenya, DDD recruits youth who are deaf or hearing impaired. We’ve partnered with a local university so that youth with hearing impairments can successfully complete higher education. To get a personal perspective on the employment challenges faced by the disabled in developing countries, read Chheng’s and Bouddy’s stories.
- In Cambodia, DDD has typically recruited youth from rural areas. Their families are often subsistence farmers earning less than $2/day. These youth rarely have the opportunity for higher education.
- In Laos, DDD recruits from the area surrounding the capital city, Vientiane. While higher education is more accessible there, DDD recruits youth from families for who would be unlikely to complete college without earning an income.
- In Kenya, youth are recruited from urban slums, which are characterized by profound poverty, high unemployment and sometimes violence. Many of these young people live without their birth parents.
While DDD’s recruiting pool varies in each country, there is a common denominator: these youth would be unlikely to complete higher education or have access to professional jobs without our program. The young people we hire demonstrate high potential and motivation. They are committed to success at work, in school, and in life.
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