For IYF and partner Mastercard Foundation, learning has always been a critical aspect of the Via: Pathways to Work program. Recently, the program team launched a new website to share learnings across three pillars: Systems, Institutional, and Youth.

According to Ivy Mwai, Mastercard Foundation's Country Programs Lead & Education and Skills Lead, "Throughout the Via initiative, IYF has demonstrated a commitment to learning and using the insights they gather to improve the program. This new site, which dovetails with Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works Strategy, offers an opportunity to share these constructive learnings with the wider youth development community.”

If you’re not familiar with Via, the five-year initiative has worked with system stakeholders to adapt and integrate life skills and career support services into national TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) institutions’ offerings while increasing the capacity of these institutions to deliver, manage, monitor, and sustain critical services for young people. 

Through life skills training, career guidance, and entrepreneurship training, Via has reached over 20,000 young women and men to date, and has the potential to continue to reach hundreds of thousands more after the program ends next year as partner institutions continue to deliver these improved services.

Any organization interested in working at the Systems, Institutional, or Youth levels of impact should visit the new Via website for key takeaways and the chance to take a deeper dive with access to project studies and other valuable resources.

Content will be updated as new findings emerge.