Youth employment is a top priority for the world’s YMCAs.

YMCA and CircularSociety Youth employment is a top priority for the world’s YMCAs. We asked the world’s young people what their biggest needs were and they told us in clear terms: we need help with jobs. The YMCA’s One Million Voices Youth Research confirmed their need for help in finding, being equipped, trained and ready for getting jobs. This is …

The Problem is Real

As you may know from articles and the media, the problem of Youth Unemployment plagues Europe currently, with very little change in sight. Though policy makers occasionally address the issue or suggest reform measures to increase employment, little is being done. To access the sense of urgency, however, we must take a look at the real-life experience behind the “label” …

Youth unemployment: true stories

In 2011, The BBC documented the plight of Natalia Santos, an unemployed Portuguese female struggling to find work. She had sent her resume to 300 schools, in hopes of a teaching position. And after 300 rejections, Natalia was still looking for employment. In 2013, The Economist highlighted the struggles of 21-year-old Helder Pereira to find work. A high school dropout living in …