The global youth unemployment rate is projected to reach almost 13 percent in 2013 -- the equivalent of 73 million young people, according to a new ILO report on Global Employment Trends for Youth. This is nearly the same rate as it was at the height of the economic crisis.
The initiatives NGOs are pushing for the youth employment and entrepreneur opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa region actually present a gateway to opportunities for our own American graduates.
Ten years ago, Hector Avellaneda felt lost and feared what was to become of him. He figured he had two options: "You can become a thug or a soldier." Then, something happened that not only changed Hector's life; it changed the path of his whole family.
Thirty percent of young people in North Africa and close to 40 percent in some Middle East countries can't find work. Contrast this with an 18 percent unemployment rate for youth in the U.S. and you see the enormity of the problem.