A youth-led and youth-centered initiative focusing on the support & empowerment of young people with an emphasis on employment and education. Hire the Youth helps young people aged 15-30 who are in/out of school, unemployed or underemployed overcome the barriers to employment through strategic partnerships, workshops, and campaigns.
We seek to dispel the negative stereotypes of young people by giving them a platform to express themselves and the issues affecting their day-to-day lives. Hire the Youth is developed, run and managed by young people because it’s foundation is built on inspiring young people to be independent, happy, flourish and work out who they are, irrespective of their background.
With our mission in mind, we envision, “a nation free from youth unemployment.”
Each and every day, we keep our vision in the back of our minds which is “To help all young people overcome the barriers to employment.”
Our Core Values
We work purposefully and with a sustained effort to achieve a long-term impact of solving unemployment so that all young people can have a fair chance at employment.
We recognize that no single person can solve unemployment and its complex effects, therefore we believe that people working together can create greater impact than any one individual or organization can accomplish alone.
We believe in constantly learning and taking bold actions that create lasting, systemic change within society.
Our Key Focus Areas
- Youth Employment
- Youth Education
- Youth Training, Scholarships, Workshops, Fellowships and more
- Youth Empowerment Projects
- Youth Mentorship
Why we do what we do
- 8.2 million Ugandans are 15-30 years of age.
- 4.5 million Ugandan youth are unemployed.
- 32.9% of the country population is aged between 10 – 24 years.
- Our population is growing and more than 77 percent of Ugandans are young people aged 30 or below have unrestricted access to economic opportunities and affordable business training and where they can register impactful participation in decision-making.
Against these key points, Hire the Youth’s work and efforts are timely to make a generous contribution to ensuring that every young person can access the accurate information to aid and direct them in taking that crucial life decision regarding their live skills and development, a chance at free or fair employment and education.
To achieve our targets, Hire the Youth focuses on nourishing the ecosystem for youth participation, representation, business training, and bridging favorable employment opportunities through its campaigns.
Our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 1: No Poverty
Despite the fact that the global poverty rate has been halved since 2000, intensified efforts are required to boost the incomes, alleviate the suffering and build the resilience of those individuals still living in extreme poverty, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa. Social protection systems need to be expanded and risks need to be mitigated for disaster-prone countries, which also tend to be the most impoverished.
Goal 4: Quality Education
Achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all will require increasing efforts, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia and for vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas.
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Progress in every area of sustainable energy falls short of what is needed to achieve energy access for all and to meet targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Meaningful improvements will require higher levels of financing and bolder policy commitments, together with the willingness of countries to embrace new technologies on a much wider scale.
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Increasing labour productivity, reducing the unemployment rate, especially for young people, and improving access to financial services and benefits are essential components of sustained and inclusive economic growth.
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
Despite some positive developments, a stronger commitment to partnership and cooperation is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. That effort will require coherent policies, an enabling environment for sustainable development at all levels and by all actors and a reinvigorated Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.
Where we work
Hire the Youth implements her programs all over Africa, with current physical projects in Uganda and plans to expand to other countries.
How we do it
Hire the Youth works within communities, institutions and online where many young people are easily accessed. Through our partnerships and networks, we join forces to engage the youth in programs like mentorship workshops, awareness campaigns, and free skills training. More to that, our online platforms reach out to thousands of young people all over Africa availing opportunities that range from job vacancies to scholarships and fellowships among others.
As Hire the Youth, we create opportunities through networking and strategic partnerships. We do this by working hand in hand with like-minded initiatives and institutions in fostering the agenda of young people through support and empowerment campaigns.
Our partners include; Hive Digital, Ndejje University, Africa Elevation, WEYE Green Energy Ltd, Pollicy, Youth Connect, Campus Bee, KQ Hub among others.