International Labour Organization (ILO) said that unemployment is a concern almost everywhere, affecting more than 73 million young people around the world in 2014. Ironically, in some developed countries, including Indonesia, the youth unemployment rate has climbed above 50 percent although Indonesia is by far the largest economy in Southeast Asia.

According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Indonesia has the highest youth unemployment rate. It has recorded an increase in the number of unemployed people reached 128.06 million in August 2017 and young people form 71.3% of unemployed people. Those were caused by  (i) the large proportion of young people in the population and limited job opportunities, (ii) limited access to employment opportunities due to lack of skills, training, and experience. (iii) Indonesia’s current entrepreneurship rate (1.65%) is still lower than the average in the region (>3%). Seeing those challenges, we are trying to catalyze and help youths by lifting citizens out of poverty and putting them on a path toward sustainable development through youth economic empowerment program through Grow To Give platform.

Grow To Give is a community development organization and social enterprise concerning on equipping youths  capacity and knowledge to take charge of their lives by addressing their situation and then take action in order to improve their economic access. We empower youths through youth capacity building programs by developing local potentials.

After assessing community needs using rural participatory appraisal approach to Grow To Give’s women and youth beneficiaries located in Kayupuring Village, Pekalongan, Central Java, Indonesia, we found that living in remote area makes them getting difficulties to get education access, so they tend to have very low education background. Once they graduated, most of them choose to leave their village to be migrant workers, due to lack of opportunities and entrepreneurs. On the other hand, their environment has a huge potential and its enormous resources in agriculture sector that can elevate them to have a better life in the future. Therefore, we come up with an idea to tackle those challenges through education of entrepreneurship.

We believe that education and economic empowerment are the engines behind economies and entrepreneurship is a powerful tool to create employment for the youth by equip youth and women with the real experiential entrepreneurship mentoring to help them creating their own jobs and choosing their own future and allow them for innovative strategies such as agribusiness solutions to be used as income generating ventures, because the youth and women need to explore this path as an alternative means to sustainable growth. Furthermore, it can ensure the development of skills and opportunities related to economic growth, employment, gender equality and entrepreneurship. Hopefully, this idea can support to end poverty and decent work and economic growth as two of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations on January 2016.