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*Follow our blog series on the Youth Entrepreneurship Program in Latin America and the Caribbean

In October 2013, Youth Business International and the Multi-lateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank launched the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The YEP aims to engage multiple stakeholders in improving the lives of tens of thousands of people through youth entrepreneurship, by:

  • Enabling economically disadvantaged young people across Latin America and the Caribbean to start up sustainable businesses, creating jobs for themselves and others;
  • Generating knowledge and experience, to lay the foundations for improved entrepreneurship support not only in the region but around the world.

The program aims to:

Training icon Train 65,000 young people
golden globes dresses Support 28,000 young people to establish and grow their own business
jobs icon Create 20,000 additional jobs
red carpet HOMECOMING DRESSES Generate knowledge about what works, where and how
globe icon Enable replication around the world

The programme is currently developing in 11 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

To scale the impact of this programme, we now need partners to get involved. We’re looking for corporate partners, multilateral donors, foundations, governments and other NGOs to align their activities and investments in youth entrepreneurship with the YEP in order to achieve collective impact.

For more information contact: yepdirector[at]youthbusiness[dot]org

Download a two page brochure about the program.


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