Fact Sheet: Skillz for Youth, June 2013



South Africans aged 18 to 30 have a significant skills gap.  Providing life skills, financial education and employability training is necessary to enable young adults to find meaningful employment and to grow as leaders and mentors in their communities.


The Skillz for Youth is a $1.6 million program, funded by USAID ($800,000), Barclays Spaces for Sports ($500,000) and Grassroot Soccer (GRS) ($300,000).  The program, implemented by GRS, utilizes the expertise of coaches, young men and women ages between the ages of 18 and 30, who directly implement targeted curriculum and serve as role models for their communities.  They receive comprehensive training on life skills, financial literacy and employability.  The training coaches receive is enhanced by hands-on experience through voluntary apprenticeships and mentoring.  Beginning in September 2012 and continuing until September 2015, this program aims to prepare the coaches for improved employability and educational opportunities.


1. To provide 500 coaches with knowledge, skills, and support needed to become community based role models and leaders.

2. To build alliances between the public and private sectors that will lead to expanded opportunities for youth employment and education.

3. To evaluate the effectiveness of Skillz for Youth in order to identify and share best practices for scale up and sustainability of youth skills development.

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Last updated: July 03, 2013