3E - Employment, Entrepreneurship, Empowerment for youth

India has the largest share of the youth population in the world - as of 2011, almost 35% of India is between the age of 15-24 years. The country is also expected to become the 4th largest economy by 2025, contributing about 6% to the world GDP with a favorable demographic profile. The working population of India is expected to increase to 592 million by 2020.

The youth, therefore, are the trustees of the prosperity of the nation. It is imperative that resources are focused on increasing this human resource potential and use this as a driving force of the economy of the country. Therefore, the government has prioritized youth development and skills with the introduction of two policies - the National Youth Policy 2014 and the National Policy on Skill Development & Entrepreneurship 2015.

ChildFund India's comprehensive program model - 3E - Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Empowerment for Youth - envisions that all youth between the ages of 15-24 years become skilled, confident, and engaged leaders and agents of change in line with the national policies on youth and skill development.  We fulfill our vision on the ground through direct implementation and with partner organizations.

Employability and Entrepreneurial Training

ChildFund India supports youth between the ages of 19 and 24 years from marginalized families, especially girls and women from rural areas & urban slums, with hands-on, practical training to create better opportunities for themselves - be it in the job market or as entrepreneurs.

ChildFund India’s Lifeskills module helps youth to cope with real-world, non-academic skills such as problem-solving capabilities, work habits, a healthy lifestyle, personal competencies, diversity, entrepreneurship, and community involvement so as to enable them to make informed choices in their personal and professional lives. Daksh provides market-oriented employability training and placement support for youth, who are unemployed and underemployed through centers across India. E-Saksham's Youth Resource Centres are equipped with required facilities for education and skill development to help youth, who are out of formal education & un/underemployed to access gainful employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in market-relevant trades through training & exposure, networking career guidance, and job placement assistance.

Sustainable Livelihood Development Program supports youth and women who express interest and the determination to start their micro-enterprise in the areas of agriculture, animal husbandry, poultry farming, and other micro-enterprises. Livelihood and Food security intervention help farmers and agro-based entrepreneurs adopt scientific agriculture practices for better yield, organize them for collective marketing, acquire fair prices for their products, and also linking them with available Government schemes. ChildFund India’s Women Entrepreneurship through Poultry Farming transforms the lives of women in rural India by introducing them to poultry farming by extending them infrastructural and financial support to start the business, establishing local producer companies for market linkages, and also training them in leadership, planning, marketing, and financial literacy to become empowered entrepreneurs.

Civic and Community Engagement

ChildFund India’s Youth Fellowship financially supports high performing youth groups to take up small development initiatives to address developmental issues affecting their village or communities. EMPOWER works towards training ‘Panchayat Raj’ Institutions’ (PRI) community members in community development concepts, tools, and processes to strengthen local governance systems and also to focus on child protection and child-centered development. Through these interventions, we formed child protection committees at the village levels and linked communities with district-level institution to access child-protection agencies and child development schemes from the government

The 3E model and its interventions have reached millions of youth in 14 states across India and in the coming years, we plan to expand our reach in newer regions. The 3E model’s impact contributes to Sustainable Development Goals 2030, specifically Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1, 5, and 8 which aim no poverty, gender equality, and job creation, and economic growth.