Youth Development


Investing in future leaders is key to ensuring the long-term alleviation of global poverty.

Many of our focus communities suffer from high youth unemployment and school dropout rates, so our programmes work to keep young people in education and train them in areas of high local demand, in turn also reducing cases of forced marriage.

We train youth groups to contribute to civil society through community projects and engagement with local democratic processes. We deliver youth entrepreneurship training and other skills and vocational trainings, developing emerging leaders to support themselves and drive societal change.

In the UK, we are building our Jewish community’s own sense of global social responsibility. We educate young people about global injustice and poverty, inspiring action and a generation of change-makers.


July 2019 saw us launch our most ambitious programme in recent years: our flagship Empowerment for Life Programme in Ghana. At Tzedek, we believe that building the capacity and capability of civil society is the route to raising living standards effectively and sustainably. This programme, in partnership with local NGOs GDCA and YEFL, will improve the lives of the 85,000 people living in Tolon District.


Ghanaian national policy defines youth as persons within the age of 15-35 years, a group that constitutes 35% of the total population in Ghana. This is a challenge, as a large number of young people seeking education, health care and employment opportunities adds great pressure on already scarce resources, but investment in young people also holds the potential for significant economic, social and human gains both in the short and long term.