From 2007 to 2010, the Youth Empowerment Program worked in close partnership with local organizations across Africa to offer youth training in life skills, employability and entrepreneurship. By leveraging the initial grant of US$1 million from Microsoft to more than US$6 million, we were able to expand our youth employability activities within the targeted countries. This initiative trained 9,500 young people in information and communications technology (ICT) and other marketable skills and also offered internship and job placement services and entrepreneurship and community service opportunities.  More than 70 percent of participants entered internships, jobs, incoming-generating self-employment, and voluntary community service.