ICON Kinshasa initiates a Quick Impact project, reintegrating 45 marginalized, unemployed youth in Kinshasa.

9 youth-led and youth-serving organizations trained under Youth Excel’s ICON project joined their effort to design and implement a Joint Quick Impact (QIP) Project  “Socio-Economic Reintegration of 45 Unemployed and Underrepresented Youth in Kinshasa.  The primary objective of this QIP is to provide comprehensive support to 45 young people who currently face challenges in accessing sustainable employment opportunities and are marginalized within society. Through a multi-faceted approach, the project seeks to empower these youth with the skills, resources, and knowledge necessary to reintegrate them into the socio-economic fabric of Kinshasa.

The project encompasses a range of activities tailored to the specific needs of the participants. These activities may include vocational training, capacity-building workshops, mentorship programs, and access to crucial resources for job-seeking and entrepreneurship. By offering a holistic support system, the project aims to not only equip the participants with practical skills but also boost their confidence and self-efficacy.

Furthermore, the project places a strong emphasis on fostering a sense of community and collaboration among the participants. This is achieved through various group activities, networking opportunities, and the creation of a supportive environment where these young individuals can exchange ideas and experiences.

The “Socio-Economic Reintegration of 45 Unemployed and Underrepresented Youth in Kinshasa” project aspires to break the cycle of unemployment and underrepresentation among this demographic, paving the way for a more inclusive and empowered youth population in Kinshasa. Through this initiative, the participating organizations aim to contribute to the larger goal of building a more equitable and prosperous society for all.

Youth Represent DRC is part of the activities carried out under USAID’s global Youth Excel: Our Knowledge, Leading Change program, led by IREX. Through Youth Excel, youth-led and youth-serving organizations in Kinshasa collaborate and conduct implementation research, learning how to strengthen the inclusion of underrepresented and marginalized youth in education and workforce development in DRC.