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.