• We help young people help themselves out of poverty by finding jobs or setting up businesses
  • We work with young men and women aged 15-24 made vulnerable by poverty, inequality, and injustice
  • We enable young people in UK and internationally to make change as active citizens
  • We work with a unique network of YMCAs and other partners in 15 of the poorest countries – mainly in Africa as well as Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East

By 2020, we will create opportunities for over 60,000 vulnerable young women and men and their communities every year through enterprise and employment

 

Find out more about us and why we focus on young people

“To see that you have been able to help young people transform their lives – learn how to earn a living, have enough money to find somewhere to live and feed their families, and help them to be more responsible citizens – it’s is a very fulfilling task.”

Tim Kamaboakai, Project Manager, Liberia YMCA

Explore what we do

Yassah, Liberia Yassah is a single mother and the main breadwinner in her family. She used earn money as petty trader but her business was severely affected by the Ebola outbreak in 2014. After completing her training in enterprise and employability she has her own stall at the market where she sells sell rice, oil and sugar. “My dream is to be able to go to back to school and finish my education.”

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Year after year, young people struggle to cope with natural disasters and other emergencies that can affect families, communities or whole countries.

Yassah, Liberia Yassah is a single mother and the main breadwinner in her family. She used earn money as petty trader but her business was severely affected by the Ebola outbreak in 2014. After completing her training in enterprise and employability she has her own stall at the market where she sells sell rice, oil and sugar. “My dream is to be able to go to back to school and finish my education.”

Global Youth Work

Y Care International enables marginalised young people to explore the global dimension of issues affecting their lives.

Yassah, Liberia Yassah is a single mother and the main breadwinner in her family. She used earn money as petty trader but her business was severely affected by the Ebola outbreak in 2014. After completing her training in enterprise and employability she has her own stall at the market where she sells sell rice, oil and sugar. “My dream is to be able to go to back to school and finish my education.”

Health and wellbeing

Around the world, poor health prevents young people from completing education or training, and can stop them working. We support them to access assets like good health facilities so they can contribute fully to their communities as employees or entrepreneurs.

Yassah, Liberia Yassah is a single mother and the main breadwinner in her family. She used earn money as petty trader but her business was severely affected by the Ebola outbreak in 2014. After completing her training in enterprise and employability she has her own stall at the market where she sells sell rice, oil and sugar. “My dream is to be able to go to back to school and finish my education.”

Youth Justice

With youth unemployment remaining high in many countries around the world, young people can find it difficult to secure decent work and lift themselves out of poverty. For those who find themselves in prison after committing a petty crime or because of a miscarriage of justice, it can seem almost impossible.

Yassah, Liberia Yassah is a single mother and the main breadwinner in her family. She used earn money as petty trader but her business was severely affected by the Ebola outbreak in 2014. After completing her training in enterprise and employability she has her own stall at the market where she sells sell rice, oil and sugar. “My dream is to be able to go to back to school and finish my education.”

Enterprise & Employability

We believe that enterprise and employment are the best routes out of poverty for young people. When they have skills that are needed by local markets, access to the assets they need, and can connect with relevant networks, they are more successful in finding work or setting up businesses.

Yassah, Liberia Yassah is a single mother and the main breadwinner in her family. She used earn money as petty trader but her business was severely affected by the Ebola outbreak in 2014. After completing her training in enterprise and employability she has her own stall at the market where she sells sell rice, oil and sugar. “My dream is to be able to go to back to school and finish my education.”

International Citizen Service

Across the UK and in Ireland we create opportunities for vulnerable young people to use their talents and skills to take action on global issues.