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Our Future

Youth Challenge International has joined forces with thousands of young people to advance women’s equality globally and create a social entrepreneurship ecosystem with a positive impact for all.

Come and create a better future with us.

A catalyst for youth and equality

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For over 35 years, gender equality has been a priority at YCI. We design inclusive programs that help overcome gender barriers and support economic empowerment and community leadership for young women.

HerStart is YCI's initiative to advance gender equality through creating opportunities for women to build the skills, confidence and funding they need to achieve their goals. We collaborate with partner organizations and communities to identify their needs and develop pathways for women to create businesses, jobs and a lasting economic ripple effect.

The HerStart Innovate the Future program launched in 2020 to provide 10,000 women in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda access to social entrepreneurship training, resources and networks to successfully launch or grow their businesses.

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Hear from our network

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"Participating in HerStart and receiving the Catalyst Fund changed my life. I started believing in myself and I am now inspiring people in my community."

— Natasha Ruth, HerStart entrepreneur in Uganda

"I advanced my communication and evaluation skills and gained an applied understanding of how partnerships play a crucial role in sustainable development."

— Aimi, HerStart Fellow in Tanzania

"YCI’s HerStart program has sparked a new view of entrepreneurship through its training. Many social enterprises led by young women are springing up."

— Millicent from Bolgatanga Technical University, HerStart partner in Ghana