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Unlocking the Potential of Asian Youth

More than half of the world’s youth, ages 10 to 24, can be found in Asia and the Pacific; yet the majority lives in poverty, lacks access to quality education, and needs additional skills to secure meaningful employment. From 2007 to 2011, the Unlocking the Potential of Asian Youth initiative sought to address these needs by providing young people, ages 14 to 20, with support in three critical areas: life skills, education, and career preparation. Supported by the Tiger Woods Foundation, the initiative empowered disadvantaged youth, ages 14 to 20, in the following countries:

  • Thailand – Youth at risk in three northern provinces were provided with vocational skills training, entrepreneurship skills, and seed capital for business startups;
  • China – Educational scholarships were given to disadvantaged youth in five cities to improve their life skills and career prospects;
  • South Korea – Youth living in four homeless/runaway shelters in and around Seoul received life skills training, education, and career support.

At the end of the program in 2011:

  • 1,982 youth had strengthened their skills and broaden their employability prospects through life skills training, education and career preparation. 
  • Beneficiaries increased their knowledge of and ability to apply life skills, participation in vocational training opportunities, knowledge of job/career opportunities and employability prospects.

Petula Nash, Program Director

Associated Partners:
National Council for Child and Youth Development,