SKYE Clubs

Skills and Knowledge for Youth Economic Empowerment

The Skills and Knowledge for Youth Economic Empowerment (SKYE) Club project model is an integrated approach to helping disadvantaged youth develop the skills, behaviours and attitudes necessary to obtain sustainable livelihoods and participate constructively in their communities.

Target group

Youth aged 18-26

Suitable contexts

Urban and rural

Project length

Five years

1,125 youth directly participating in SKYE and 5,000 indirect beneficiaries

Training cycle

18 months, with three 18-month training cycles per five year project


US $306,000

SKYE Club facilitator with experience in experiential education methodologies and positive adolescent development.


SKYE Club meetings

SKYE Clubs are groups of 10-25 young adults who meet weekly to have fun, learn and serve their community together. Club members identify community problems and market opportunities, and plan and implement community service-learning and social enterprise projects.

Volunteer SKYE Club leaders are selected from the community. The leaders use a curriculum based on experiential learning methodologies to help the youth develop skills in active citizenship, leadership, employability and entrepreneurship.

World Vision supports the clubs by hiring a SKYE Club facilitator which recruits, trains, coaches and supports the SKYE Club leaders as they lead weekly meetings and nurture the growth of the youth in their clubs.

A volunteer business mentor also offers mentoring, guidance and practical advice in developing business plans and social enterprise projects.


Community service-learning projects

SKYE Club members undertake 3-4 projects each year, and each project is increasingly complex, delves deeper into community issues, and elicits greater leadership, project management and business development skills.

These projects are the model’s main learning tool and help youth bring social change to their community, apply skills learned in meetings to consolidate new behaviours and life skills, and develop new ideas to create livelihood opportunities.

SKYE Clubs

JWG / Palestine

14 SKYE Clubs
4 Governates


12 SKYE Clubs
2 ADPs


40 SKYE Clubs
6 ADPs

Bosnia and Herzegovina

15 SKYE Clubs
3 ADPs


6 SKYE Clubs
1 urban project


15 SKYE Clubs
2 ADPs


30 SKYE Clubs
6 ADPs

Kurdish Republic of Iraq

15 SKYE Clubs

Expected outcomes

The SKYE Club model will reach approximately 1,125 youth and 5,000 indirect beneficiaries through 45 SKYE Clubs over the life of a five year project. Participants will:

Learn skills in project management, self and group management, communication, innovation and creativity, and technical vocations.

Learn critical life, work readiness, leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

Increase their understanding of local market dynamics.

Gain the knowledge, skills, experience and networks needed to find and sustain employment or start their own business.

Improve their likelihood of completing basic education and transitioning to further education, training and employment.

Improve positive self-concept, self-efficacy and agency.

Reduce their likelihood of engaging in risk-taking behaviour.


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