Where We Work: Jamaica

Through program such as Obra and the Caribbean Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP), we’ve building multi-sector alliances in Jamaica since 2007. 

Obra’s region-wide launch occurred in Jamaica, which served as the initiative’s Caribbean hub. Our key local partner, the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, led an action plan that brought together 24 additional partners. Here, work focused on skills development and employability for “unattached” youth, who were not in school or work, and youth considered harder to hire. Partners used innovative techniques, such as producing music videos, to build life skills; teach entrepreneurship; and provide internships. YUTE (Youth Upliftment Through Employment), one of Jamaica’s largest and most successful youth employment programs, has now become a charitable organization that is continuing to expand its work with Jamaican youth.