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Youth Empowerment Program

In Sub-Saharan Africa, one in five young people is jobless. From 2007 to 2010, the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) worked in close partnership with local organizations in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania, to offer African youth training in life skills, employability and entrepreneurship as well as received hands-on experience through internships. An initial grant of US$1 million from Microsoft was leveraged to over US$6 million, and used to expand youth employability activities within the targeted countries.

At the end of the program in 2010:

  • 9,500 youth were trained in ICT and other marketable skills and assisted with job placement services, internships, community service, and entrepreneurship opportunities
  • At least 70% of beneficiaries were placed in internships, jobs, income-generating self-employment, and/or voluntary community service Six local implementing organizations enhanced capacity in project design, curriculum and materials development, life skills training, and monitoring and evaluation
  • Regional and cross-organizational learning was facilitated between local implementing partners