OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Succesful interventions

Successful Interventions in youth internationally have mostly been comprehensive programmes. These programmes will include some combination of job and life skill development, employment services, apprenticeships and entrepreneurial support. Harambee (featured already), for example, combines upskilling and employment services (Work placement). A few more initiatives are listed below.

Photo of Simon Blampied
1 4

Written by

Some I know personally, some I have been told about by people I back to know about quality projects in this space, so here is a list;

Center for Education Innovation

Find programs following the link that have a skills for work component, amongst many others.


They have training, incubation and community development and have scaled to about 20 countries.

Gold Peer

Use a peer education model to develop youth leadership


Have programs to develop youth into socially aware leaders, as well as creating a network for entrepreneurs.

Red Cap Foundation

Have an internship program for youth in different entry positions in a national retail chain, include on the job and life skills training and a qualification at the end of the programme.

Cloud Meets Campus

Has two initiatives, Kepler and Spire, to Reform education. Have an interesting model they are piloting in Kenya and Rwanda. 

Project Pinotage

Developing a programme for youth where 25% of training is on the job in the wine industry, learning all the entry level jobs, and a third of the program is life skills focussed. Still in Pilot Phase.

Walk in entrepreneurship centres

The Business Bridge ( and The Business Place (

SAB KickStart

Entrepreneurship programme for black youth owned businesses

I will continue to add to this list as I come across other good examples.

Some more examples from David

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York: 

Henry Street Settlement: 

Philadelphia Youth Network: 

Multilateral Investment Fund:

Youth Opportunities Unlimited:

1 comment

Join the conversation:

Photo of David

Hi Simon,

Here are a few more groups for you:

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York:

Henry Street Settlement:

Philadelphia Youth Network:

Multilateral Investment Fund:

Youth Opportunities Unlimited: