Janet Longmore

Ashoka Fellow
Canada,
Fellow Since 2013

Citation

This profile was prepared when Janet Longmore was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Janet is harnessing the abundant talent of young people throughout the developing world by supporting and empowering them as agents of economic and social change within their own communities. To address youth unemployment rates in emerging economies, Janet is bridging the gap between formal education systems and employment opportunities in two ways; by developing the life, business and technological skills of young university and college graduates and by connecting them to valuable networks of peers, entrepreneurs and potential employers locally, nationally, and internationally. With this strategy Janet is securing youth involvement in the local workforces of today’s global economy.

Janet demonstrates the passion and enthusiasm of young people to take active leadership positions within their communities by putting the entrepreneurial and technological growth of their communities directly into their hands. She deploys young people and their newly developed skill sets (which she provides through training) into their home communities to fill contracted internship placements with local citizen organizations (COs). The internships are specifically designed to transfer the skill sets and knowledge base from the youth to the community stakeholders in a “train the trainers” model. Promoting society’s recognition and respect for the potential of youth at the community level, Janet is transforming the role of young people in national economic development—to one that is critical and necessary for growth.

Driven by the very individuals it seeks to empower, Janet’s model is a proven blueprint for countries to create high-impact and highly tailored training for new graduates, which translates into tangible, positive solutions that address youth unemployment.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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