In partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, Save the Children is building on its proven track record of delivering quality programming, generating learning and evidence, and building on best practices to allow for replication of the Youth in Action model in other contexts and countries where Save the Children works.
Save the Children implements Youth in Action Program in collaboration with national civil society organizations in the five countries. A total of 13 national partners deliver the program with continuous technical support and leadership from Save the Children, with the ultimate goal of empowering both the young people participating in the program and the partners helping to deliver it.
About Save the Children
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children, delivering programs and improving children’s lives in about 120 countries worldwide. Working toward a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation. Save the Children’s mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Across all of our work, we pursue several core values: accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity
Save the Children Canada manages the grant and the technical direction for Youth in Action and coordinates all activities between the partners and the donor. Additionally, Save the Children Canada brings a particular technical expertise in gender, children and work, and livelihoods.
Save the Children US is responsible for tailoring its award-winning Literacy Boost methodology for the participants and developing the learning stream.
Save the Children Denmark is building on its flagship Education for Youth Empowerment program, and its focus on rights to participation, to ensure that its findings are integrated into Youth in Action and ensure that young people’s voices are recognized in all aspects of the program
About The MasterCard Foundation
The MasterCard Foundation is an independent, global organization based in Toronto, Canada, with more than $7billion in assets. Through collaboration with partner organizations in 46 countries, it is creating opportunities for all people to learn and prosper. The MasterCard Foundation’s programs promote financial inclusion and advance youth learning, mostly in Africa. Established in 2006, through the generosity of MasterCard Worldwide when it became a public company, the Foundation is a separate and independent entity. The policies, operations, and funding decisions of the Foundation are determined by its own Board of Directors and President and CEO.
To learn more about The MasterCard Foundation, please visit: www.mastercardfdn.org In addition, Youth in Action is working with two international learning partners: Search Institute and Souktel
Search Institute is using the tested Development Assets Profile, with a large sample of youth across all five countries, to measure and track the ways that program participation affects their internal and external assets. Using proven assessment tools across this large population of youth is innovative, and helps to build evidence for market-oriented interventions with young people.
Souktel is working to pilot the use of text messaging technology in rural, African contexts to strengthen young people’s linkages to markets and market information. Souktel’s role has evolved to support the development of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning system of the program.
Moreover, research fellows from African and North American academic institutions work with Youth in Action to measure, document, conduct tracer studies, and analyze the project’s impact and lessons learned.
Together, these partners work with Save the Children to build evidence of successful models and approaches for scale, and to support learning and economic opportunities for youth, especially in Africa’s agricultural sector.