Over the past 10 years, the International Youth Foundation’s entra21 program broke new ground by enrolling more than 110,000 disadvantaged youth across Latin America and the Caribbean in a comprehensive employability program, with 75 percent of the graduates either employed or back in school six months after leaving the program. Drawing on experience in leading this initiative, IYF has developed a wealth of knowledge in the field of youth employability that we are now making widely available through a series of publications to be released over the next six weeks.

The first study in the series, Taking Youth Employability Projects to Scale, identifies key lessons from entra21’s experiences in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru, where IYF’s partners collaborated with the public sector to increase the scale and impact of their programs.These six projects shed light on strategies used to transfer innovative models tested at a smaller scale to larger scale public programs; the kinds of partnerships needed for success; and the challenges and methodologies of sustaining such programs.

IYF is committed to sharing its best practices in youth programming with the global development community in order to strengthen our collective efforts to help today’s young people learn, work, and lead. We hope you find entra21’s learning series of interest and value to your work.

Download Taking Youth Employability Projects to Scale in English or Spanish.