Youth Entrepreneurship Development (YED)
Youth Entrepreneurship Development (YED) is improving employment, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement opportunities for Palestinians ages 14 to 29. YED is collaborating across the public, private, and civil society sectors to provide young people with demand-driven, sustainable, and high quality projects that support their entry into the workforce and foster tangible improvements to their local communities. With US$15 million in funding from the USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission, the initiative offers three integrated components: capacity building to youth-serving institutions, support for employment and entrepreneurship education, and practical on-the-job training. To date, more than 9,000 young people have benefitted from employability and entrepreneurship skills training. With YED support youth have launched community service initiatives, committed to continuing their education, completed internships, participated in job fairs, developed business plans, found jobs, and created their own.