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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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 (pictured left) is one of the 700 young entrepreneurs we have supported to start their own businesses in the past four years.

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

Enterprise & Employability, Health and wellbeing

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

Enterprise & Employability, Health and wellbeing

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.

Enterprise & Employability, Youth Justice

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

Enterprise & Employability, Youth Justice

Q&A with Helen Frost: Measuring impact in the field

Palestine

Helen Frost, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor at Y Care International (pictured right) at the National Youth Summit in Sierra Leone. Photo: YCI

Enterprise & Employability

Roast Foundation invests in young entrepreneurs in Togo

Togo

Young entrepreneurs will receive training and support to enhance their business skills, and encouraged to mentor young people in their communities. Photo: Hannah Maule-Ffinch

Enterprise & Employability

Guardian development blog: Senegal’s secret civil conflict

Senegal

Young graduates from Senegal YMCA’s technical training in fishing and agriculture receive funds to support their small businesses. Photo: Rehana Merali/YCI

Enterprise & Employability