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Senior Specialist Katherine Centore

Katherine Centore is a senior specialist in Chemonics’ Education and Youth practice. With eight years of international experience in Southeast Asia, East and Southern Africa, and Eastern Europe, Ms. Centore is an expert on youth engagement and development, mainstreaming gender and social inclusion, and women’s empowerment and workforce development. Previously, Ms. Centore led a large-scale research project in Uganda studying the development of soft skills and linking those to outcomes in entrepreneurship and economic success. She is the lead author of Chemonics’ “Youth Development Philosophy.” Prior to joining Chemonics, she worked with UNICEF and UNESCO to advance youth development opportunities and advocate for structural policy change for students across the world. Ms. Centore holds an M.P.P. from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and a B.S. in business and international finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

by Katherine Centore

The Case for Youth Engagement in the Program Design Process

As global development professionals, we need to recognize that today’s world leaders don’t fit the narrow definitions of previous generations. We typically think of leaders as those with long-established power, while we ignore influential, often young, individuals like small-scale farmers and healthcare workers, community organizers and policy advocates. Today, integrating youth engagement in program design…

Creating Space for Youth to Thrive: A Philosophy on Youth Development

The celebration of International Youth Day today, August 12, calls for the global development community to reflect on its work with young people across sectors. In this spirit, Chemonics is excited to share our corporate philosophy on youth development — the foundational tenets on which we build our work and the core areas in which…

3 Lessons in Empowering Youth Around the World

August 12 is International Youth Day, an exciting occasion meant for governments and intuitions to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. More than half the world’s population is now under the age of 30 years old, and it is critical to review successes in working with youth populations to empower young people as tomorrow’s leaders. Below…