As the world is becoming more and more digital, socio-economic opportunities are increasingly shifting to the online world. Children who grow up in care or from less advantaged backgrounds face challenges, as they often lack family networks and connections that help transition to self-reliance. 

The YouthLinks Community has been established as SOS Children’s Villages central digital platform to connect young people with care experience to training, mentoring and participatory opportunities. 

The platform currently reaches more than 3.700 people in more than 90 countries around the world – with user numbers quickly increasing. Some additional key statistics:

+ 195,000 page views

+ 30,000 networking interactions

+ 400 safe mentoring relationships

Keeping young people safe online is our highest priority! In the YouthLinks Community, we meet high safeguarding standards, including data security and privacy.


The YouthLinks community has initially been developed as the digital pillar of YouthCan! - our global partnership for youth employability. The partnership supports young people with care experience in their transition to independence and decent work. In the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the YouthLinks online platform not only allowed the programme to continue, but also to increase the number of participants by 154%. 14,253 young people in total took part in YouthCan! activities in 2022.

Facts and Figures Report 2022



Overcoming geographical limitations

Through automated processes of the Youth Links Community, geographical limitations of our youth programmes are overcome, reaching more young people no matter where they are located.

One central space for various youth projects

The platform is a digital home to multiple youth projects implemented by SOS Children’s Villages globally, streamlining opportunities on employability and entrepreneurship, youth participation, education and other important topics to young people transitioning to self-reliance.

YouthLinks Community News

Partner with us

The YouthLinks Community offers various opportunities for partners to get engaged - for example, corporate volunteers provide mentoring, training, and other opportunities in a safe online space; while other partners conduct consultations or share participation opportunities with young people.


Would you like to explore partnership opportunities?

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