PH International

Youth Entrepreneurial Skills for Advancing Employability and Income Generation in Georgia

Country: Georgia
Category: Community Development Programs


The Program – ‘’Youth Entrepreneurial Skills for Advancing Employability and Income Generation in Georgia’’ (YES – Georgia) represents a targeted public-private partnership that builds institutional frameworks and models facilitating greater economic participation of youth through increased opportunities for self-employment by starting youth start-ups and for employment in established companies. 
The program goals are:
  • To enhance entrepreneurship development, capacity-building of youth-led small enterprises through innovative forms of access to finance, knowledge and expertise.
  • To increase employability of young people by offering relevant training, improved financial capabilities, new forms of practical on-the-job training opportunities and encouraging youth-friendly corporate practices.
  • To create discourse contributing to youth economic empowerment through a nationwide media campaign as well as support to youth-led enterprise networks and connecting them to similar networks internationally.
The Project will result in:
  • Development of open-source Youth Enterprises Training Manual, non-formal educational module with session guides, instructions and handouts. 600 young people from 20 regions of Georgia will take part in the Youth Enterprise two-stage Training Program, offered by MFO Crystal Branch Offices in 20 locations of Georgia. As a result, 30 youth led start-up enterprises will be financed and supported.
  • Development of Employers Guide to Internship and Youth Friendly Practices tailored for the selected 20 companies. The guide will provide methods and tools for constructing effective on-the-job training programs, leading to sustainable employment of youth. 400 young people will undertake internship in selected companies.
  • Creation of, providing access to online entrepreneurial resources, employment advises access to finances and engagement opportunities with local and international networks. 
This is a USAID-funded joint initiative of Crystal Fund, PH International and JSC MFO Crystal. The project will work with an estimated 1,000 youth, ages 17-25 in 20 municipalities of Georgia.