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 even more 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 1.700 people in more than 60 countries around the world – with user numbers quickly increasing.
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 pandemic times, the number of YouthCan! particpiants increased by 154% thanks to the YouthLinks online platform. 14 485 young people in total took part in YouthCan! activities in 2021.
Facts and Figures Report 2021
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.
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.
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