We help young people learn skills to secure decent work by providing training in technical, vocational,  business and life skills.  This is followed up by mentoring and other support to ensure young people can use these skills to secure jobs or start prospering businesses.

We know they need assets to start and run a business, such as capital to rent premises or tools for their trade. Around the world we provide thousands of young people with seed funding, grants, tool kits and other resources to help them set up businesses after receiving skills training.

Success in any business relies on being connected to the right networks and markets. For young entrepreneurs, networks provide access to technology and other important resources, such as business advice.

Around the world, we see that these young people can escape poverty and live full, healthy and productive lives.

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A decade of pursuing justice in Togo

Togo

Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

Young volunteers celebrate World Youth Skills Day

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Enterprise & Employability, International Citizen Service

Four things you didn’t know about Madagascar

Madagascar

In the last 20 years alone there have been 35 cyclones. Despite facing regular shocks young entrepreneurs are learning to adapt. Photo: Zibran Choudhury/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

How young farmers in Nicaragua are defeating drought

Nicaragua

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

On the road to recovery through skills, assets and networks

Haiti

Young people in Haiti completed their enterprise and employability training and now have the skills and assets to start their own busniesses. Photo: Alessandra Incerti/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Seven entrepreneurs who mean business

Enterprise & Employability

Are young people tomorrow’s leaders?

UN’s Envoy for Youth Ahmad Alhendawi spoke passionately about the need to focus on the rights of young people, and creating space for them to shape their own futures. Photo: Harriet Knox/YCI

Enterprise & Employability

Tackling youth poverty with entrepreneurship

Y Care International Director of International Programmes reports from the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit 2016. Photo: Adam Leach/YCI

Enterprise & Employability

Power of learning – building impact, building from failure

Enterprise & Employability

Finding hope in Jerusalem: Terry Waite visits Palestine

Palestine

Enterprise & Employability, Peace

Notes from the field: Practice makes luckier

Madagascar

Mantrella, 24, has been doing business for six years. ‘Lamaody’ sells mid-price clothes and shoes for women, men and children, sourced from the Chinese market in Tana and sent to Mantrella by a friend on France. Although she’s been lucky, Mantrella is not afraid to take the risk. “I think of myself as an entrepreneur. I’m an activist, creative, and not afraid to take on the risk of investing and borrowing because I’m confident of selling things.” Mantrella sets an important – and inspirational – example. “It’s young entrepreneurs like Mantrella who make it all worthwhile,” says YMCA Coordinator, Ony. “I see young people flourishing and growing before my eyes. We want to see more practising their skills and passion like Mantrella. It’s not just luck, though; she’s got courage too. And ‘practice makes luckier’!”

Enterprise & Employability

Young people thrive in post-earthquake Haiti

Haiti

By April 2018, we’re aiming to reach over 1,000 young people, and train them in skills in promising tourism and construction sectors – such as catering, hospitality, masonry, tiling and plumbing

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Hundreds graduate with enterprise and employability skills

Liberia

Health and wellbeing, Enterprise & Employability

KKR investment firm to hold fundraiser for Y Care International

UK & Ireland

Enterprise & Employability

Charlbury Beer Festival donates to help young Colombians

Colombia

Young people in Bosa, Colombia are learning new skills to start businesses, earn and income and step away from a life of violence. Photo: Elena Marin-Yanez/YCI

Health and wellbeing, Enterprise & Employability

Young entrepreneurs bounce back after Ebola

Liberia

YMCA Liberia provided food-for-work and revitalised small businesses to help entrepreneurs get back on their feet after Ebola. Photo credit: YCI

Enterprise & Employability

A hub of hope in rural Philippines: YMCA Training Centre opens

Philippines

Training courses have been offered to vulnerable young people and community members whose lives were crushed by Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: Lizz Harrison/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Global Goals could be vital for communities scarred by conflict

Sri Lanka

ri Lanka YMCA organised sports events to encourage traumatised young people from different regions to encourage peace, reintegration and reconciliation.

Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

New SDGs could help sow the seeds of change

Nicaragua

The YMCA of Nicaragua train young people in agricultural skills to improve food security.

Enterprise & Employability

Y Care International CEO speaks to BBC Radio Shropshire

South Africa

Enterprise & Employability

Notes from the Field: Lizz Harrison in Liberia’s Ebola Zone

Liberia

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Turing Foundation invests in young Liberian entrepreneurs

Liberia

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Bims Alalade on developing young people’s employability

UK & Ireland

Bims Alalade, Director of HR at YMCA England provides employability guidance to returned ICS volunteers.

Enterprise & Employability, International Citizen Service

ICS volunteers meet employers at job readiness workshop

UK & Ireland

ICS volunteers got top tips from youth work professionals on how to sell the skills learned overseas. Photo: Allys Thomas/ICS

Enterprise & Employability, International Citizen Service

Madagascar YMCA celebrates 90th anniversary with Y Fest

Madagascar

Y Fest is a trade fair which provides young entrepreneurs with the opportunity to network, showcase and sell their produce. Photo: Rehana Merali/YCI

Enterprise & Employability

How Myanmar YMCA is building skills of disabled young people

Myanmar

Min Myat, 24, harvesting crops in the fields near his local YMCA. Photo: Elena Marin-Yanez/YCI

Enterprise & Employability

Iqbal Wahhab OBE joins YCl as its first ambassador

Togo, UK & Ireland

Iqbal Wahhab (pictured right) will advise on development and business, and support us to increase our impact in changing the lives of young people. photo: Hannah Maule-Ffinch

Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability