Youth are the parents of tomorrow and at a critical point in determining whether they will escape the trap of poverty. This is why Help a Child Rwanda invests to see that marginalized youth are empowered, have decent work opportunities, and grow out of poverty.

We use the following approaches to promote youth employment:

1. Forming and building the capacity of youth groups so that they gain life skills, begin saving, and take action to further their development.
2. Supporting youth to learn modern farming techniques and exploit agriculture as an income generating opportunity.
3. Providing technical and vocational training so that youth create their own off-farm jobs.
4. Linking youth to each other so that they form cooperatives and conduct joint advocacy.

Youth Groups
Help a Child Rwanda identifies vulnerable youth in the community and mobilizes them to form self-help groups. These groups are trained in life skills and financial management which help them handle challenges in a positive way. Youth are also coached to discover their talents as well as their personality and their values, in order to plan their career and set priorities.

Agricultural Training
Help a Child Rwanda offers short and long training courses on modern agriculture so that youth learn how to increase the quantity and quality of their yields. They are also taken on study tours to learn from successful agri-businesses and get inspired about agriculture’s potential for income generation. Help a Child Rwanda is also piloting a new “green curriculum” which can be used by schools to enrich the school environment, teach students about modern farming techniques, and earn income for the school.

Technical Skills Training
Help a Child Rwanda works in direct cooperation with key actors to advocate for youth to receive the support they need and deserve to succeed (i.e. allocate land, enable youth to get access to credit, facilitate training). We also connect youth production groups to each other and train them on cooperative formation and advocacy skills. This empowers youth to approach government, private sector companies, and financial institutions to gain the support they need.

Advocacy for Youth Employment
Help a Child Rwanda works in direct cooperation with key actors to advocate for youth to receive the support they need and deserve to succeed (i.e. allocate land, enable youth to get access to credit, facilitate training). HAC also works to mobilize youth to self-organize and trains them on advocacy skills. Help a Child intends to establish youth-led business networks at district and national levels to implement an effective structure whereby youth will be connected to government, private sector companies, and financial institutions to strengthen support for youth development.