Youth Represent DRC is part of the activities conducted under the USAID's Youth Excel Global Program led by IREX. Under Youth Represent DRC, youth-led and youth-serving organizations in Kinshasa and North Kivu collaborate and conduct implementation research, learning how strengthen inclusion of underrepresented and marginalized youth in education and workforce development in the DRC.
As the second-largest country in Africa, plagued by instability, conflict, limited infrastructure, and low levels of educational access and outcomes, the DRC is home to a young, diverse population. Vulnerable youth – including ethnic minorities and indigenous populations, young women, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI+ youth – face compounded forms of exclusion from education and workforce programming and are more likely than their peers not to access, advance, or complete education nor to access dignified work.
Youth Excel engages diverse young Congolese leaders in North Kivu and Kinshasa to pilot-test innovative interventions, generate actionable information and recommendations, and prepare knowledge products to mobilize the Congolese education and workforce sectors.