Youth in Action is a six-year youth livelihood program implemented by Save the Children in partnership with Mastercard Foundation. The goal of Youth in Action is to improve the socio-economic status of approximately 40,000 rural out-of-school young people, both girls and boys, in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda.


Youth aged 12-18, who are out-of-school and living in a rural community are selected to join the program. They go on a journey to build and enhance their foundational skills, social assets and knowledge through the learning phase, then take action in livelihoods opportunities facilitated through the action phase. Building key partnerships and ensuring youth participation are key to addressing the barriers to their economies and in their communities, such as gender barriers. To achieve this, YiA’s holistic approach is built on three core pillars: Youth Learn, Youth Act and Youth Connect, with Participation and Partnerships cross-cutting these pillars.

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Stitching a new future for Ephel

Ephel gets another chance to follow her dreams.

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When Family Support matters for rural girls

Diarra receives family support in Burkina Faso.

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Hana from Ethiopia

From leaving home, to setting up shop

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“YiA in Uganda”

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Effect of Youth in Action on Work Readiness and Socioeconomic Outcomes: Findings from Uganda

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Understanding Youth Self-Employment & Entrepreneurship skills-Ethiopia

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Understanding changes in youth foundational literacy Study Ethiopia 2016

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Documenting Strengths and Challenges in Youth Entrepreneurship-Burkina Faso

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