How do we build processes that enable scaling?
In this episode, meet Nicola Galombik and Maryana Iskander, Co-founders of Harambee, a South African youth employment accelerator.
Harambee uses scalable technology and on-the-ground community organizing to help more young people hungry for work to overcome an all-too-common challenge and painful source of systemic inequality in South Africa: simply finding a job.
Harambee makes the youth employment marketplace work better by helping young people with the skills and life habits that bridge the painful gap between the youth education and employment systems.
The organization is committed to growing the pool of employable, talented, driven young people by finding and up-skilling South African youth who would otherwise be locked out of the job market for reasons beyond their control.
By simultaneously creating more demand for these skills by working closely with employers to reimagine their hiring and employee development practices, Harambee is growing the supply of qualified young employees for job-creating companies.
Nicola and Maryana’s work inspires Service Academy’s Ryan and Thomas to focus on efforts to make existing systems work better — not try to reinvent them. Ryan and Thomas are applying social innovation practices to help close the costly gap between existing school-based youth service programs and the leadership skills, civic engagement, and long-term social impact practices that young people and our communities desperately need.
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WITH SPECIAL THANKS — The Service Academy Podcast is created and produced in coordination with MCS Media, executive producers Donny Dykowsky, Dan Strong, Aaron Kheifets, and Mike Bulger.