Global partnership for youth employability

The partnership empowers young people by helping them transition to independence and decent work. In 2019, it reached more than 5,000 young people in 31 countries around the world.

Facts and Figures Report 2019

267 million young people worldwide are neither in employment, education or training, according to a recent report by the International Labour Organization. Young people in care are disproportionately affected by this global youth employment challenge. As a response to this challenge, YouthCan! - the global partnership for youth employability - was launched in 2017 by SOS Children’s Villages and partners from the private sector to promote decent work for young people without adequate parental care.  

YouthCan! Facts and Figures 2019


The YouthCan! programme has reached over 5,000 young people in 31 countries.

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This entails corporate volunteers sharing their time, skills, expertise and own career journeys. They plan workshops, trainings, facilitate exposure to professional environments and act as mentors. Employees and young people can connect face to face or through our digital platform, enabling worldwide collaborative learning and breaking down geographical barriers.

YouthCan! combines mentoring, first work experience, and soft and technical skills trainings into one comprehensive approach. The programme is locally-owned and tailored to the local labour market and the needs of each young person. 

Reaching 5,700 young people with the help of six global partners, more than 200 national partners and 1,700 volunteers across the globe, YouthCan! celebrated a successful third year in 2019. Starting in 2017 in seven pilot countries, the youth employability programme now works with young people in 31 countries. The three pillars of the programme – mentor, train, practice – are tailored to the local labour market and the individual needs of each young participant.




Background of young people

YouthCan! builds on the expertise of partners and provides individualised, holistic support to help prepare young people for the job market.

Additionally, the digital platform YouthLinks allows us to leverage the power of technology to reach and support more young people so they can enhance their employability. YouthLinks provides an opportunity for young people and mentors to connect more easily, share materials, create networks and support each other, breaking geographical and time barriers.

The global partnership for youth employability was launched in 2017 and has by now established six global and more than 130 national corporate partnerships.

During 2018 YouthCan! reached out to 5,060 young people in 25 different countries, equally supporting boys and girls. 1,300 corporate volunteers shaped and facilitated trainings, exposure to the work environment and acted as mentors to young people in both online and face-to-face meetings.

A global network and a local response

Partnering for impact

Working with our corporate and support partners, we aim to increase our impact on the lives of children, young people and communities, actively contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.
As part of the YouthCan! network, corporate partners match local talents with corporate needs, generating business value and strengthening their reputation and brand among customers and employees.

There are many ways you can support YouthCan! at the local, national or international level.

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Network of global YouthCan! partners