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Youth Employment Pack- YEP

Empowering youth to unfold their talent and stimulate them to create their own future jobs (start-ups) or be better prepared for decent jobs

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

For three years, Youth for Africa Renaissance (YFAR) will support with Somalia youth, particularly those live in Hargeisa to create employment opportunities in their local communities to build social unity and income generation programs. Through partnership, we will combine the effort of expertise of YFAR and Social Innovation Lab (SIL) in the area of youth soft skills and entrepreneurship training, with the extensive youth support and coaching network from Somalia National Youth Umbrella (SONYO), the project offers all relevant options for youth to start a business or to secure decent employment while building an improved local ecosystem. A youth employment pack project will build in peace, improve the working poor conditions and fill the thousands of youth who are migrated illegally to European countries. Somalia has been struggling to create job opportunities thousands of youth who graduated from the formal and non-formal education institutions such as Technical schools and Universities. Nearly 25 years of civil wars hindered Somalia’s economic growth. The results of these circumstances brought about high unemployment, favouritism of employment both private and public institutions and created situation where many young people in Somalia felt there is no hope and bright future for them. The Youth Employment Pack provides this joint response by: empowering youth to unfold their talent and stimulate them to create their own future jobs (start-ups) or to be better prepared and gain the right skills to successfully enter the ‘decent’ job market, The Youth Employment Pack promotes inclusive and sustainable growth within the overall concept of decent work for young women and men. Through; 1. Skills training to enhance the employability of the youth; 2. Increasing self-employment opportunities (business start-ups) 3. And enhancing the ecosystem, improving the national youth employment climate.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are youth aged 15-30 years old live in Hargeisa, Somalia who grew up in poverty, problematic family circumstances and limited education, are particularly challenged in connecting to the labour market. These helpless youth often lack financial resources, the right employment and entrepreneur skills as well as role models and networks, but they don't lack talent. Project benefits a. The youth who are willing to join the employment sector will be equipped employability skills and workplace experience- through internships program. b. The youth who are very keen to start their own future business will be equipped entrepreneurial skills to become economical independent.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

This kind of project has not yet been implemented here in our country, Somalia. Therefore, it is an inclusive project supporting both youth who are business-minded and those who are willing to get employment in labour market. This project is unique because it will provide the youth both the most in-demand skills in the workforce, as well as entrepreneurial and coaching skills to create their own start-ups. Due to our strong connection with the business community, government and INGOs who work with the youth, will help us to connect youth both private and public sector. This will probably increase project beneficiaries’ job prospects and economic independence through start-ups.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

YFAR is an organization passionate to support young people both those who are ready to enter the workforce as well as those who are interested to create their own businesses by providing both employability and entrepreneurship trainings. We also connect them to the investors and employers in the local market ecosystem.

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

In 2017, a parent visited our center and share us, they had two young University graduates who were unemployed. Due to unemployment they joined to street gangs, they robbed the people in the night. the youth were arrested twice. We invited these youth to participate in our work readiness workshop. After 3 months, the parent reported that the youth found decent jobs .This experience exposed us to realize that peace & prosperity are interconnected in Somaliland.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

First and foremost, peace and prosperity are extremely interconnected in Somalia context. Somalia is in high risk for the crimes committed by the young people, because 75% of its people are youth and these days youth criminalities including rape, robbery, grapping mobile phones, drug addiction and fighting between them are increasing. This can lead the country in unrest situation. Since Somalia accommodates high number of youth, an idle and unemployed youth has influence the security and stability of the country. However, the programs like “Youth Employment Pack” can create hopes, job opportunities and bright future for youth. Empowering youth market driven-skills including entrepreneurship and employability skill will enable start their own business or get decent job from the companies. Therefore, the more family income (prosperity) increase, the less their youth commit crimes and become drug addicted.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Our key partners of the project will be the youth associations, business community, investors and the government institutions. All these partners will have an active involvement in the project implementation. The results that will come up this cooperation will be an increase of employment prospects and accessibility of start-up capital of the young entrepreneurs. For instance, on March 2017, we organized and successfully held a job fair in Hargeisa, Somalia. The youth associations, ministry of youth and sport, employers, NGOs and investors had actively participated and supported us to hold the event. 20% of the youth participants were employed by both the government and the local business companies, while 10% of business ideas were funded by the local investors.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

a. Strong youth networks and national associations b. A highly motivated and committed youth who strives to build and promote the community resilience c. A community who warmly welcomes new initiatives d. A community with access Internet and other technologies e. Plenty of Youth entrepreneurs and local investors who are very keen to invest ideas that can solve the social problems.

Geographic Focus

Hargeisa -the second largest city in Somalia

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The project will be implemented in 36 months. Phase 0: Project preparation (1-3 months) a. Conduct kick off meeting, b. Staff induction and c. Youth selection. Phase 1&2: Basic core life skill training course (3 months) Phase 3A: Entrepreneurship training course Phase 4A: Crowdfunding & boot camp event (1 month) Phase 3B: Employability training (2 months) Phase 4B: Internship placement (3 months) NB: This is one year plan for one batch, the other 2 batches for the next two years.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Hi Abdirahman and YFAR team!
I really enjoyed reading your Youth Employment Pack- YEP pack and, like you, we at United for Hope believe that focusing on skills development and entrepreneurship is the key for the development of the youth of Somalia, India (our projects area) and many other developing countries.
I am curious to learn more about your skills training and I was wondering if you already have an idea of what specific skills will the attendees of your classes learn?
What areas have emerged to be of main interest from your research phase?
Check us out at Smart Villages for Rural India: Building vibrant, sustainable rural communities to stem urbanisation if you like! I think you will find it interesting as both our organisations focus on similar aspects of youth employability. I would love to know what you think of our contribution!
All the best from my team to yours

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