Building a sustainable and fair world in which young people can thrive

Young Entrepreneurs

“They tell me: ‘Start a company! Create your own job!’ But nothing in my schooling has taught me how to do this.”

These are the words of Rahul from India, spoken at the World Youth Congress in Rio de Janeiro. They sum up the frustration felt by millions of potential young entrepreneurs that are being failed by education systems that are not equipping them for the modern job market.

  • 83% of jobs in LDCs are in the enterprise sector

  • 122 million young Africans have entered the labour market

  • 1 million jobs a month must be created in Africa to keep up with incoming job seekers

  • £18 billion is the estimated cost of the skills shortage in the UK

  • 50% of UK employers think schools should develop awareness of working life

Our Solution

Initiatives like our employability programme Work the Change and our entrepreneurial training centres Be the Change Academies are the way to prepare young people for the job market and create the entrepreneurs that countries need.

Theory of Change

At Peace Child, we’ve developed a unique model to create fundamental and self-sustaining change on a scale far beyond what we could achieve on our own. Our theory of change creates a virtuous circle: young people are trained to train others, who train and mentor others, and so on – creating young entrepreneurs that fuel economic development, create more jobs and boost further development.


We talk to our network of tens of thousands of young people in 130 countries and we base our employment programmes on their insights.


We join forces with organisations and institutions who provide the support, expertise or influence young people need.


Working with these partners we provide education, training, mentoring and investment capital to thousands of young people.


Each young person we support is taught to mentor their peers, who in turn can mentor their peers, and so on.


With a job or their own business young people can fund economic development – creating greater employment opportunities for young people.

Donate to help us empower young people around the world to create a world where they can thrive.