Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Entrepreneurship Education and Training Programmes for Youth

Competency based Economies Formation of Enterprise (CEFE)

CEFE is a comprehensive set of training instruments using an action-oriented approach and experiential learning methods to develop and enhance the business management and personal competencies of a wide range of target groups, mostly in the context of income and employment generation and economic development.

Junior Achievement (JA)

JA Worldwide is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States of America and in more than 100 countries around the globe.

The BizWorld Foundation

By teaching students smart money management, the BizWorld Foundation is empowering students to make informed financial decisions and develop a plan for the future. BizWorld's mission is to challenge and engage children across the cultural and economic spectrum through experiential learning programs that teach the basics of business, entrepreneurship, money management and promotes teamwork and leadership in the classroom.

Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education

The Consortium, whose membership includes local schools and school districts, universities and community colleges, business organizations, and non-profit organizations interested in developing entrepreneurship education have developed 15 standards for entrepreneurial education premised on the philosophy that entrepreneurship education is a lifelong learning process. The Consortium champions Entrepreneurship Education and provides advocacy, leadership, networking, technical assistance, and resources nationally (in the US) across all levels and disciplines of education, promoting quality practices and programs.


MicroSociety, a microcosm of the real world built and run by kids!
The MicroSociety program is a cutting-edge elementary and middle school model through which students apply academic skills as citizens in a society of their own design. The students learn, work and manage their microcosm of the real world—as legislators, peer mediators, business owners, bankers, attorneys, community service-minded leaders, floating teachers, and many other occupations. The business ventures and governmental agencies provide the context for real world curriculum connections throughout the day. The MicroSociety program has helped dozens of schools dramatically increase student motivation, improve discipline, meet high academic standards through boost test scores and attendance.

Teaching Youth to Build Business (NFTE)

Through entrepreneurship education, NFTE,  also referred to as the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, helps young people from low-income communities build life skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. NFTE believes that every young person will find a pathway to prosperity, and with this belief they promote entrepreneurial education as vehicle for that success.

NX Level

The NxLeveL Entrepreneurial Training Programs are practical, hands-on business development courses designed to help entrepreneurs advance their skills in starting, growing and managing their business. NxLeveL classes are offered throughout the United States through the NxLeveL Training Network. The purpose of NxLeveL is to act as a clearinghouse for many diverse groups involved in various aspects of assisting businesses and promoting community and economic development.


APYouthNet brings together individuals engaged in designing and implementing policies and programmes that promote decent and productive work for young women and men. The site is a community based site with a discussion fora, down loadable resources, and information about the effectiveness of youth engagement in entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific.

Change Fusion Institute

The mission of Change Fusion Institute (CF) is to foster innovative solutions to increasingly complex social and environmental challenges through the creative use of new technologies, emerging perspectives and innovation networks. CF executes its mission by providing social innovation design and investment services with a specific focus on catalyzing high-impact, scalable and sustainable social innovations and social enterprises. CF is one of the two partners behind the Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI), a high-engagement social venture program for emerging young social entrepreneurs in developing countries.


Other links to Programmes for Youth

Youth Entrepreneurship Facility

The Youth Entrepreneurship Facility (YEF) is a partnership between the Africa Commission, the Youth Employment Network (YEN), and the International Labour Organization (ILO) and is implemented through its head office at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and through offices in Kenya and Uganda.

The Youth Entrepreneurship Facility exists to support emerging and existing young entrepreneurs to succeed in their business ventures:

WHAT: to enable African youth to turn their energy and ideas into business opportunities to increasing their incomes and creating decent work for themselves and others,

WHY: to support emerging and existing young entrepreneurs to succeed in their business ventures,

HOW: via a systemic and integrated approach to developing young entrepreneurs with six interconnected components aiming at

  1. fostering a culture of entrepreneurship among young people,
  2. introducing entrepreneurship education in schools,
  3. making sure that potential and existing young entrepreneurship have access to business development services,
  4. enabling access to finance for young entrepreneurs,
  5. strengthening youth-led organizations through a youth-to-youth fund, and
  6. promoting evidence-based advocacy to better understand what works in youth entrepreneurship development.

The target of the YEF is to achieve:

  • Improved attitudes towards entrepreneurship among young men and women
  • The education system produces more entrepreneurial graduates
  • Youth start and improve their businesses
  • Youth organizations deliver innovative youth entrepreneurship solutions
  • Youth employment policy-makers and promoters make evidence-based decisions for better resource allocation and program design

Youth Employment Knowledge Sharing Platform (YEKSP)

The ILO Youth Employment Knowledge Sharing Platform (YEKSP) is an interactive and web-based resource developed by the ILO to create a Community of Practice (CoP)around youth employment issues. Conceived primarily as a tool to support and accompany the process of elaboration of project proposals under the "Youth Employment and Migration" window of the Millenium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) the platform had been turned into a CoP on youth employment in its own right. It is meant to help users get easy access to and exchange knowledge and know-how on youth employment by learning individually and collectively.

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