Caribbean Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP)
An initiative reaching four countries, CYEP equipped vulnerable youth with the technical, vocational, entrepreneurship, and life skills needed to develop sustainable livelihoods. Supported by USAID, CYEP targeted young school-leavers 17 to 25, particularly young men who were unemployed, underemployed, and lacking the skills to participate in an increasingly service-oriented economy, or unable to launch and sustain a small business. The initiative created a sustainable network of private and public sector stakeholders and, through training such as how to engage employers, IYF strengthened local organization’s ability to deliver quality services. More than 490 companies offered program graduates mentoring, internships, and jobs, and 94 percent of companies hiring interns and employees after CYEP reported satisfaction.