The Youth Economic Participation Initiative

The Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) is a multi-year, multi-site demonstration grant program that supports youth entrepreneurship education at civically engaged universities in the global south.  The eight participating YEPI partner programs are working with students at 14 universities in 12 countries.

YEPI Talloires

The YEPI Program

YEPI began in 2012 with support from Mastercard Foundation, motivated by the belief that universities around the world have an important role to play in preparing young people for meaningful and productive engagement in their societies. Too many students are completing university without the skills, guidance, and access to networks that are vital to starting a business or charting a career in a fast-changing global economy.

YEPI set out to identify some of the most promising approaches to youth entrepreneurship education at universities in the global south. Through highly experiential training in entrepreneurial attitude, personal development, leadership, business planning and community engagement, these programs are preparing students to thrive as 21st century employees, entrepreneurs, and citizens.

YEPI Reports and Films

YEPI Report: University Entrepreneurship Education for Individual and Community Transformation
Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) Feature Film https://vimeo.com/216749619
Rizq: Food and Ingenuity in Pakistan https://vimeo.com/216052778
Sha’p Left Clinic: Health Entrepreneurship in South Africa https://vimeo.com/216059599
A New Kind of Farming in Zimbabwe https://vimeo.com/216045745
University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa UETLA Program Report
Global Youth Strategic Planning: A Catalyst for Transformation

Grants

Each YEPI partner receives a total of $350,000 USD over a period of 3.5 years (2013 – 2017). This funding allows participating programs to expand, deepen and refine their approaches to youth entrepreneurship education, while creating opportunities for international learning and exchange. An online Community of Practice allows the programs to exchange and disseminate their learnings.

Learning Partners

To support the learning goals of YEPI, the Talloires Network collaborated with Pivot Global Education, international team of researcher-practitioners who work with higher education institutions. This team has worked closely with each of the YEPI programs to facilitate and support the learning processes of each program, as well as to build knowledge, identify best practices and draw comparisons among the eight programs. The Talloires Network also collaborated with several learning partners at the University of Minnesota who contributed significantly to the launch and development of YEPI. To learn more about each of the eight programs, click on the names of their institutions on the left sidebar.