Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI)

The Talloires Network’s Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) addresses the global crisis in youth unemployment by supporting the efforts of engaged universities in developing economies to develop and test innovative university-led models that enable upper-year university students and recent alumni to accelerate their transition to the work force.

Eight YEPI Demonstration Programs were chosen from among over 60 Expressions of Interest and 20 strong finalist applicants. These Demonstration Grant programs represent some of the most innovative, effective and collaborative efforts to prepare university students to become successful employees and entrepreneurs in their communities. The Youth Economic Participation Initiative will enable these exemplary university programs to strengthen their work and expand the scope of their efforts to engage a greater number of students and employers. We expect that this will result in higher, more sustainable youth participation in the economy and greater ties between universities and economies.