2015 Globalizer: Youth Employment

The Globalizer Summit on Youth Employment in Africa convened in Capetown/South Africa on February 12-14 2015. 

Ashoka has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to support social entrepreneurs in Africa working on innovations for youth employment. The Globalizer Summit in South Africa will bring together Ashoka Fellows with scalable innovations for youth employment on February 12-14 in Capetown.

These social influencers are now ready to expand their innovations’ impact beyond localized organizations. They have varied strategies for increasing youth employment, such as:

  • Paige Elenson, who uses the transformational power of yoga to empower, educate and employ youth in Kenya.
  • Marlon Parker, who is providing the environment for community-driven innovation and reconstruction through information technology hubs.
  • Esther Eshiet, who is positioning young Nigerians to improve their employability through career guidance and volunteer experiences while still in school.
  • Dorien Beurskens, who has developed an affordable way to provide vocational education and training to young people in Southern Africa.

The Globalizer Summit on Youth Employment will match these "ready to globalize” youth employment models with the strategic resources they need to rapidly and effectively scale their impact beyond their current reach.

In the months leading up to the Summit, Fellows will build their scaling strategies with an advisory team of senior business executives and strategy consultants.

The Summit itself will last 3 days and will include:

  1. A Peer-To-Peer Problem-Solving Day to facilitate collaboration on Fellows’ shared work towards youth employment solutions,
  2. An Accelerator Day consisting of a series of one-on-one conversations with leading global entrepreneurs and movers and shakers from the field,
  3. And a Changemaker Day to work collaboratively, along with Mastercard Foundation, Changemakers.com and other partners, to explore ways to strengthen the ecosystem needed to allow youth employment opportunities to flourish where they are needed most. 

List of all participating fellows below: