Project Impact Winners: Lessons from the field

Youth Employment Network (YEN)

The Youth Employment Network (YEN) is pleased to announce the winners of the Project Impact Lessons From the Field contest. Click on the project to view the Smart Notes from our winners to see how they made a difference to youth employment and business within their community.


First Place: The Native Pick, Sustainable Agriculture Inc.,  Laurence Lumagbas

Second Place: MOVE with the Market, Best Practices Foundation, Dr. Sangeetha Purushothaman

Third Place (tie): Le projet Bondoïyo, Réseau pour l’Education Communautaire, Faya Moïse Kamano

Third Place (tie): KATI, War Child UK, Donnas Ojo and Claire Mason

According to the World Bank, as much as 40% of youth employment projects have no impact on labor market outcomes for youth. The Youth Employment Network (YEN) wants to help reduce this percentage and see more projects impact youth positively. The reality is that even the best program plans will face challenges in successful implementation as they respond to the realities on the ground. Many organizations have learned valuable lessons both when projects succeed and fail. Sharing these lessons from the field could help other projects to increase their impact. 

This is why YEN has launched a new online competition called Project Impact! to gather these important lessons and share them with our community of practitioners. The overarching focus of the competition was on rural youth and increasing opportunities in rural areas.