1 March 2017

SOS Children’s Villages Launches YouthCan! Global Partnership to Support Youth Employability

Johannesburg, South Africa, March 1, 2017 – SOS Children’s Villages today launched YouthCan!, a global partnership of civil society and corporations that aims to address youth unemployment by providing young people with the support and tools needed to help them prepare for the job market and lead successful, independent lives. 


“Youth unemployment is a huge global problem,” said Norbert Meder, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages International at the launch event, noting that there are more than 70 million unemployed young people worldwide. “We want to make sure that young people everywhere, whether they are in the care of an SOS family or in a family that is struggling to cope, are prepared to make the leap to independent living. It’s a big task, which is why it’s important we work in partnership with corporates, experts, and young people themselves to achieve it.”


The lack of decent work and employment opportunities is a great challenge faced by many young people around the world. It is particularly daunting for those who cannot count on the networks, resources and guidance of their own families. In many countries, these young people face social and economic exclusion. As a result, they have limited opportunities to access the labor market and embark on their careers.


Together with corporate partners such as Deutsche Post DHL Group and AkzoNobel, Allianz, and supporting partner Youth Career Initiative, SOS Children’s Villages will support young people in different countries through a variety of activities that will enhance their skills and personal development. These include hands-on experience in a real working environment, access to role models and mentors, entrepreneurship training and skills sharing.


“YouthCan! brings together a range of experts on youth development from both civil society and the private sector. We combine our expertise and networks to ensure that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds become contributing members of our society,” said Stephen Miller, National Director for SOS Children’s Villages South Africa.


Through partnerships with corporations and support partners, SOS Children’s Villages aims to increase its impact in the lives of children and youth worldwide whilst actively contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals and effectively working to reduce youth unemployment.