About Us

WORKING TOGETHER TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE ENGAGED IN PRODUCTIVE WORK

Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) is a multi-stakeholder coalition among public sector, private sector, civil society actors, government officials, foundations, think tanks, and young people that aims to provide leadership and resources for catalytic action to increase the number of young people engaged in productive work.

This initiative is fueled by the need to address a growing challenge: In the next 10 years, more than 1 billion young people will enter the job market. This means that 5 million jobs are needed per month to accommodate this influx and maintain current employment levels in the developing world.

The S4YE coalition has an explicit commitment to work over a period of at least fifteen years to achieve its objectives. This timeline is proportionate to the scale of the challenge to understand and address the constraints on employment faced by young people.

OUR MISSION

To innovate, provide leadership, and catalyze action to significantly increase the number of young people engaged in productive work by 2030

S4YE's mission is to develop innovative solutions to youth employment, through practical research and active engagement with public and private stakeholders to enable solutions at scale. S4YE combines a pragmatic approach to identifying solutions for youth employment with an evidence-based advocacy platform for increase access to productive work for young people.

Read our full strategy and learn more about our governance.

OUR APPROACH

S4YE focuses on experimenting and piloting innovative solutions on the ground while working closely with the private sector and bringing together evidence based knowledge on specific topics of interest to the youth employment community

partnerships

BUILD PARTNERSHIPS

S4YE is built on partnerships that support the execution of the Coalition’s goals and priorities. These partners come from across the public and private sectors, are at the forefront of their respective fields, and act as investors, champions, implementers, peer reviewers, and advocates who identify and promote innovative solutions for youth employment.

Our Partners

Accelerating innovation

ACCELERATE INNOVATION

S4YE intends to develop and deliver innovative youth employment programs based on evidence from existing projects and that pull in ongoing lessons learned. These programs will integrate supply-side programs (e.g. training, job search assistance) with demand-side interventions to promote the creation of new jobs and improve the quality of existing jobs.

Our Programs

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EXPAND OUR KNOWLEDGE BASE

S4YE is developing a strong knowledge agenda by curating best practices from program innovations on the ground and building a robust database of flagship reports, briefs, tool kits, online discussions, blogs, and workshops. These products are then shared with partners, projects, and the broader global employment community.

Knowledge Base

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

Engagement with the young people and youth organizations is at the heart of S4YE

Youth drive S4YE's mission, across its governance, operations, and strategic development. Young people are incorporated into all levels of oversight, from the Board of Directors to the Secretariat. They are the heart of all our supported projects. Finally, their voices are reflected in the strategic plan and work streams, their expressed experiences and needs shaping the coalition's priorities.