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Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development (YLED)

We empower high school students economically.

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 The Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development (YLED) project is designed to help equip refugee high school students with entrepreneurship skills and even develop an entrepreneurial mindset in preparation to the time they finish school to help them think more on how to create jobs and tackle the problem of unemployment rather than waiting to be employed in the minimal employment opportunities. 

During the training, the students are taken through entrepreneurship and leadership training where they come up with income-generating projects that they want to implement as groups with the youths they lead. They undergo training on how to identify a need in their community, design a solution to the need, and come up with a plan to implement the solution and how to pitch their business idea to an investor. They then are helped to develop business plans for their ideas which we later work with them onto launch and grow to small and medium sized enterprises. 

We have come to realise, social entrepreneurship projects are very important in reducing refugees’ dependency on foreign aid and their ability to promote sustainable living. They are vital for improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of refugee settlements—the youths.


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This program comes at a time when world focus is gradually shifting towards the entrepreneurial skills development of the youth as a tool for achieving socioeconomic development and community peace, especially so for youths coming from war ravaged countries the importance and essence of this program can not be over emphasized. I was privileged to be at this program to witness ideas that has the potential of improving lives beyond the refugee settlement. When given the necessary support this program will revolutionarize refugee upkeep to a more sustainable and self-dignifying one. Good job Dorcus! Keep it up

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Thanks Selassie. It was with the efforts of guys like you that the 2014 YLED program was a success.

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