S4YE Impact Portfolio

CATALYZING NEW AND PROMISING APPROACHES IN YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS

With sites ranging from Colombia to Cambodia and Turkey to Tanzania, the S4YE Impact Portfolio (IP) is a group of 44 diverse and high-potential youth employment projects that represent 38 developing countries from six regions. These projects were selected through a blind-process by independent reviewers.

This unique group of youth employment projects is a “learning laboratory” for the S4YE Coalition. Through the Impact Portfolio, S4YE aims to learn, assess, showcase, and potentially support the scaling of innovative youth employment interventions. To this end, S4YE is developing joint knowledge products, building a network of youth employment actors, and facilitating targeted technical guidance to ongoing projects in specific areas of high demand. 

IMPACT PORTFOLIO FACTBOOK AND REPORT

The Impact Portfolio started in 2017, as an initial cohort of 19 high-potential and innovative youth employment projects. We curated the ‘micro-innovations’ from these 19 projects to publish the S4YE Impact Portfolio Report. As a community, the IP continued to lead several global knowledge products and events. Building on the success of this first cohort and keeping up with the need for agile innovations in the rapidly changing world of work, in 2019, we decided to expand this community. The new projects,  included after a global call for applications followed by an external panel led selection process, have helped to bring fresh perspectives from across the globe. 

S4YE Impact Portfolio Factbook is designed to aide practitioners and highlights interesting design elements from the "44 youth employment programs" that now make up our external community of practice, the Impact Portfolio. Projects from leading organizations such as Harambee, Samasource, Generation, Save the Children, Aga Khan Development Network, Knack, and many more are part of this community. These projects represent a spectrum of themes which include Digital Jobs and Skills, Private Sector Involvement, Business Incubation and Acceleration, Impact Sourcing, Digital Platforms, Agriculture, Youth with Disabilities, Woman and Girls, as well as Refugees.

If you'd like to learn more about the Impact Portfolio, please contact Apoorva Reddy Neelapu (aneelapu (at) worldbank (dot) org).

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Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG)

Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG) is a donor funded program of Mercy Corps that helps Palestine’s young populatio... View more n and companies earn incomes online to create a sustainable economy, despite Palestine's unique political challenges and despite global competition of tech talent from low-cost countries. Annually, GSG helps thousands of young Palestinians bridge the gap between graduating from university and earning a decent income online. GSG helps Palestinian individuals and companies succeed by providing trainings in high-value tech skills, and connections to overseas employers and markets. Successful individuals and companies bring revenue into Palestine, employ more young Palestinians, and help to build a sustainable inclusive economy despite the challenges in Palestine. View less

Region:Middle East and North Africa Country:West Bank and Gaza
Key Themes:Future of Work, Digital skills, Skills & Education, Inclusion, Displaced Youth & Refugees
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Educate!

Educate! leverages iterative learning to build highly scalable youth employment solutions aimed at p... View more reparing youth in Africa to learn, earn, and thrive in today’s economy. As of 2024, more than 390,000 youth, both in and out of schools, have been meaningfully impacted through Educate!’s solutions. Along the way, the organization has become the largest youth employment and skills provider in East Africa. View less

Region:Africa Country:Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya
Key Themes:Skills & Education, Entrepreneurship, Inclusion, Youth with Low-Education Levels
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Rebootkamp (RBK) - Transformative Tech Education for Youth Employment

Rebootkamp (RBK) is an innovative tech education initiative designed to address the rising employmen... View more t challenges among youth, particularly in the tech industry. RBK’s mission is to bridge the gap between traditional education and the dynamic requirements of the tech sector, ensuring young job seekers and career shifters gain access to quality, market-relevant skills. RBK offers a range of courses covering key areas in technology, including software development, data science, AI, and cybersecurity. RBK’s curriculum is designed in collaboration with industry experts, ensuring it stays relevant and practical. The organization emphasizes hands-on learning, project-based approaches, and real-world problem-solving, making students immediately valuable to potential employers. View less

Region:Middle East and North Africa Country:Tunisia
Key Themes:Future of Work, Digital skills, Skills & Education, Inclusion, Displaced Youth & Refugees
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Youth Employment Service (YES)

Youth Employment Service (YES) South Africa is a high impact private sector youth employment program... View more in South Africa, addressing the country’s youth unemployment crisis by empowering businesses to create jobs for unemployed youth. YES is a non-profit organization that receives no government funding and works with leading businesses in various sectors to provide 12-month quality work experiences for unemployed young people to become the future managers, skilled professionals, and entrepreneurs who will drive the economy forward. In return, businesses receive one or two levels up on their B-BBEE scorecard and / or integrate into their ESG strategies. View less

Region:Africa Country:South Africa
Key Themes:Skills & Education, Future of Work, Digital skills
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Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is a not-for-profit social enterprise that innovates solutions... View more to address youth employment through partnerships. Harambee works with partners who are committed to results that can work at scale – including government, the private sector, civil society, and over 4 million youth. Harambee works to unlock jobs and break down the barriers that keep millions of young South Africans unemployed. Their vision is of a growing economy and a society that works, powered by the potential of young people. Harambee is an anchor partner in a breakthrough platform called SA Youth which brings together many partners to create a single national network to allow young people to access a wide selection of jobs and skilling opportunities, and for opportunity holders to access young, engaged work-seekers – for free!   View less

Region:Africa Country:South Africa, Rwanda
Key Themes:Future of Work, Digital job matching platforms, Skills & Education
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Incluyeme.com

Incluyeme.com is a B company, a certified social enterprise, which promotes the social and labor inc... View more lusion of people with disabilities. Incluyeme.com is present in 14 countries in Latin America, has worked with more than 700 companies, has included more than 3,500 people with disabilities in the labor sector and has registered more than 240,000 people with disabilities in its job portal. View less

Region:Latin America and Caribbean Country:Argentina, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil
Key Themes:Inclusion, Persons with Disabilities, Future of Work, Digital job matching platforms
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