Our Work

Youth Empowerment

A Comprehensive Approach to Youth Empowerment

Developing well-rounded and self-sufficient young adults, no matter their starting point in life.

Nearly 71 million young people worldwide are unemployed.

As this number continues to grow, so does the number of young people who live in extreme poverty.

A study conducted by Boston Consulting Group shows that investing in the SOS approach for supporting disadvantaged youth provides a return on investment of up to $10 for every $1 invested.

SOS Children’s Villages changes the lives of youth in 135 countries through:
education, employability and empowerment.


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SOS breaks the cycle of poverty through access to education for highly vulnerable youth who face drop-out risk, unstable home lives, re-enrollment barriers, and gender bias.


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SOS delivers hands-on training, soft skill development, and apprenticeship exposure to link the foundation of education to real world experiences.


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SOS provides youth with life skills, advocacy and continued support during their transition to adulthood to ensure they become self-sufficient, resilient members of society.

Case Studies

SOS has developed robust partnerships that target the specific needs of youth in communities around the world.

HSBC: North America

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Our partnership with HSBC transforms educational outcomes and drives personal development, allowing high risk foster care children in SOS families to thrive academically. The program’s success is evidenced in a 100% high school graduation rate, nearly double the national average for children in the traditional foster care system. Tailored approaches, life skills development, tutoring, test preparation, digital inclusion, and STEM experiences ensure students successfully transition to higher education or the world of work.

DHL: Latin America

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SOS and DHL are partners in increasing the employability of vulnerable youth through development of market-relevant workplace skills and opportunities. Coined “Go Teach” as a call to action to the company’s global workforce, DHL mobilizes its employees and leverages its operations to actively train, mentor and empower thousands of youth in a partnership that has grown to 26 countries spanning 6 continents.

The Next Economy: Africa

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A public-private partnership of government and corporate stakeholders, this new SOS initiative leverages technology, digital tools and resources to build the capacity of emerging entrepreneurs and connect them with investors, consumers and the marketplace. Over 4,000 vulnerable youth are enrolled in the program in its first year and will ultimately start their own businesses, scale an existing start-up, or secure traditional employment.

Text to Change: Asia Pacific

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SOS uses a MobilTrain mobile app to virtually educate youth and expectant mothers in Cambodia and India. Teachers disseminate daily texts and conduct virtual lessons via Skype, including life skills coaching for highly vulnerable populations, and English language skills, which are critical to the employment opportunities in the region.

Christof Ehrhart, EVP, Corporate Communications and Responsibility, DHL

“We firmly believe that education and employability make an important contribution to stability and prosperity in the world. Through five years of partnership, we have already seen first-hand the benefits and positive impact that engagement between business and charities that create opportunities for young people can have.”

Why Partner With SOS?

International Brand & Impact

As an international federation, SOS Children’s Villages programmatic approach aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We maintain 98% brand recognition globally in places like Europe.

Global Footprint. Local Approach.

SOS operates in 135 countries including the U.S. making it possible to drive meaningful impact in your key markets. More than 99% of our SOS employees are existing residents and leaders from the local community.


From education to emergency relief, we offer a range of innovative approaches to providing holistic care to at-risk children and their families.


Since 1949, SOS has received several awards and accolades, including nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize and is part of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

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