We partner with individual businesses, government agencies, local and international donors, industry sector associations, technology providers and tertiary institutions who are equally committed to creating positive change.
Today, we pursue this mission by:
advancing projects that expand opportunities for more broadly-shared prosperity, and
sponsoring programs that help empower people and communities to take control of their physical and financial wellbeing.
Our relationship with our partners is an integral part of our success. Our relationship with Careerbox for example has generated thousands of jobs and has partnered us with international celebrities and sporting icons such as Tim Cahill, Robbie Savage, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Vaughan.
Our Young People
Youth make up almost a fifth of the world’s population, and the youth population is surging.
Close to 85 percent of the 1.061 billion young men and women - aged between 15 and 24 - live in developing countries across Asia (60 per cent of the total), Africa (15 per cent), Latin America and the Caribbean (10 per cent) and other parts of the developing world (15 per cent).
Worldwide, youth are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Youth make up over 40% of unemployed people worldwide, but only 25% of the working age population. And these figures only include the youth who are actively seeking employment, ignoring those who are already too discouraged to bother looking.
Unemployment is not the only problem that youth face in the labour market.
Youth represent 24% of the world’s working poor – those with some form of employment that live on less than USD1.25 a day – while only accounting for 18% of global employment. This is because youth are more likely to be engaged in unpaid family work, self-employed or underpaid by their employers. Furthermore, many youth (the ILO estimates 59 million 15-18 year olds) are also engaged in hazardous work.
The impacts of youth employment and underemployment are serious, and extremely difficult to correct. For the working poor, the need to engage in unskilled or indecent work at a young age can damage future employment prospects by limiting the opportunity to acquire valuable skills and knowledge or to earn a sufficient income to escape poverty. For those without work, there is a demonstrated link between unemployment and social exclusion; youth without jobs tend to see themselves as lacking value and having no choices, which can lead to problems such as mental health issues and antisocial behaviours of substance abuse, crime and gangsterism - all of which have both social and economic costs. In economic terms, youth who don’t earn an income don’t save, don’t spend and don’t invest, which has a significant impact on the overall economy.
But there are stories of faith and hope that are life changing and encouraging. Stories such as Pearl Zikalala’s. Pearl overcame adversity and went on to secure a dynamic career in the contact centre industry. But these stories of overcoming circumstance and becoming a voice in the community aren’t just limited to the few. The Mandela Legacy Foundation is committed to changing the lives of many more - we just need your help.