S4YE Impact Portfolio


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. 


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).




International Youth Foundation (IYF)

The International Youth Foundation® (IYF®) stands by, for, and with young people. Founded in 1990 th... View more rough a generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, IYF is a global nonprofit with programs directly benefiting 7.7 million young people and operations spanning 100 countries so far. Together with local community-based organizations and a network of corporate, foundation, and multilateral partners, IYF connects young people with opportunities to transform their lives. IYF believes that educated, employed, engaged young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems, and focus youth development efforts on three linked objectives: unlocking agency, driving economic opportunity, and making systems more inclusive. The organization’s vision is to see young people inspired and equipped to realize the future they want. View less

Region:Global Country:Global
Key Themes:Skills & Education, Entrepreneurship, Inclusion, Displaced Youth & Refugees, Youth with Low-Education Levels, Extreme Poor
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JA Worldwide Inc

JA delivers hands on, immersive learning in entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial health f... View more or youth worldwide. Delivering more than 17 million student experiences each year in over 100 countries, JA Worldwide is one of few organizations with the scale, experience, and passion to build a brighter future for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.The impact of JA’s real-world training extends beyond individual students. For over 100 years, JA has operated all over the world—including in refugee camps, countries wracked by war and violence, and areas of extreme poverty. By helping youth develop the employment and entrepreneurial tools to find meaningful work and start sustainable companies, JA serves as a conduit for peace and prosperity. Through JA, young people are equipped with the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. View less

Region:Global Country:Global
Key Themes:Future of Work, Skills & Education, Entrepreneurship
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Kubik has a technology that helps countries reduce their carbon and plastic footprint. The organizat... View more ion turns hard-to-recycle plastic waste into low-cost, low-carbon, interlocking building material by removing waste from the environment and creating ultra durable, safe, and affordable buildings. Kubik is on an unwavering mission to build dignity through clean and affordable living for all. Kubik believes that growth does not have to be a dirty process. They turn hard-to-recycle plastic waste into walls using interlocking building materials that are 40% cheaper and faster construction, 66 kgs of plastic recycled per sqm, 5x less GHG emissions. Kubik buildings are more durable and affordable than the old way of making buildings- and it’s less polluting. From schools to clinics, homes to warehouses, Kubik is bringing environmental dignity to how countries grow and urbanize. This is critical as there 1 billion+ that people cannot afford to live in decent buildings. What sets us apart is that they focus on the scalability and price competitiveness. View less

Region:Africa Country:Kenya
Key Themes:Green Economy, Circular economy, Blue Economy & Water
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MicroMentor (Mercy Corps)

MicroMentor is the world’s largest community of entrepreneurs and volunteer business mentors. MicroM... View more entor's easy-to-use social platform enables purpose-driven entrepreneurs and business mentors to create powerful connections, solve problems, and build successful businesses together. View less

Region:Global Country:Global
Key Themes:Entrepreneurship, Skills & Education, Inclusion, Women and Girls
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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, France
Key Themes:Future of Work, Digital skills, Skills & Education, Inclusion, Displaced Youth & Refugees
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Reshaping Work

Reshaping Work is a foundation headquartered in Amsterdam. It took off in 2016 to bring together com... View more panies, startups, trade unions, researchers, policy makers, and other relevant stakeholders to jointly discuss the future of work and find ways to shape it. Achieving socially responsible practices on the economic, social, and environmental level is at the heart of what Reshaping Work does. View less

Region:Europe and Central Asia Country:
Key Themes:Future of Work, Digital skills, Digital platform-enabled work, Disruptive tech (AI, ML, Cloud), Digital job matching platforms, Skills & Education
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SkillLab empowers employment and career services with technology that creates equitable labor market... View more s through the universal language of skills. View less

Region:Global Country:Global
Key Themes:Skills & Education, Inclusion, Displaced Youth & Refugees, Women and Girls, Youth with Low-Education Levels, Future of Work
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SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children's Villages believes in the strength of family. Yet as many as 1 in 10 children grow up ... View more without adequate parental care or are at risk of losing it. We support children and young people in their own family or include them in an SOS family if they cannot grow up with their own family, so that they are assured of attention, nutrition, education and love. Because with a strong and loving family, children have a much greater chance at a bright future. View less

Region:Global Country:Global
Key Themes:Skills & Education, Entrepreneurship, Health & Emotional Resilience
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Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA)

Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) is a global nonprofit organization created by youth—for youth—dedic... View more ated to activating young people, developing and implementing innovative solutions, and mobilizing an ocean workforce to restore the health of the ocean in our lifetime. SOA was founded in 2014 by Daniela V. Fernandez during her first year at Georgetown University to bring youth voices and solutions to the forefront of the conversation. Today, SOA has grown into the world’s largest network of young ocean leaders, innovators, and policymakers. To date, we have accelerated 370+ solutions (and counting) to the greatest threats facing our ocean. These solutions include for-profit startups and community-led nonprofit projects around the world. View less

Region:Global Country:Global
Key Themes:Blue Economy & Water, Green Economy, Entrepreneurship
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Teach a Man to Fish

Teach A Man To Fish works with educators and young people around the world to set up youth-led enter... View more prises which are both educational and profitable. For 18 years, their programs have empowered young people with the skills they need to succeed, in school, work, and life, and make a positive impact to the world around them. The organization believes that practical entrepreneurship education is key to tackling youth unemployment and poverty worldwide. More than 500,000 young people in over 100 countries have now experienced this transformative experiential education program. They stay in school longer, do better in school, and do better after school – getting better paid jobs and creating new jobs through the businesses they establish. View less

Region:Global Country:Honduras, South Africa, Uganda
Key Themes:Entrepreneurship, Skills & Education, Green Economy, Green skills
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The Earth Foundation / The Earth Prize

The Earth Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, aims to inspire, educat... View more e, mentor, and empower students and young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to tackle environmental challenges. Their main initiative is The Earth Prize, an annual global $100,000 environmental sustainability competition for students between the ages of 13 and 19, which rewards the teams whose projects have the most potential to address environmental issues. View less

Region:Global Country:Global
Key Themes:Green Economy, Circular economy, Skills & Education, Entrepreneurship
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Youth Business International (YBI)

YBI leads a growing global network of over 50 enterprise support organizations with a passion for em... View more powering underserved young people (18-35) to start, scale and sustain their businesses. Together with its members, YBI focusses on sustainable and inclusive entrepreneurship, equipping underserved young people with the skills, confidence, and connections they need to beat the odds and become successful, responsible business owners. View less

Region:Global Country:Global
Key Themes:Entrepreneurship, Inclusion
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