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GoTeach: Improving employability

Empowering the next generation today builds the foundation for tomorrow's economic stability and growth. GoTeach aims to improve employment opportunities for young people, especially those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

Millions of young people today will face significant hurdles when seeking employment in the future. More than one in five youth aged 15 to 24 are not in education, employment, or training – also known as the NEET rate. This means some 289 million individuals are missing a critical phase in their personal and professional growth.

The importance of helping young people acquire the skills and knowledge needed to get a job cannot be understated. Education holds the key to employment and financial independence. In today’s rapidly changing world, empowering the next generation can boost economic stability and drive innovation.

Why we GoTeach

Tomorrow's workers benefit significantly from access to today's professionals. Our global team is a pool of 600,000 potential role models - and we want to allow them to share their knowledge and expertise. Our people have transitioned from school to work and overcome their own challenges. They are well-equipped to share their experience and support those looking for guidance. Our vision is to empower young people to attain the skills they need to be prepared for what lies ahead so they can live successful and independent lives.

How we GoTeach

We design our GoTeach activities to allow young people to explore potential careers, define their professional ambitions, identify their talents, develop skills, and gain first-hand insights into the working world. Our volunteers act as mentors and role models, showing youth what life is like in the workplace. This gives GoTeach participants a look behind the scenes, opening them up to new career ideas and opportunities they never knew existed.

To maximize our impact, we partner with renowned global organizations SOS Children's Villages and Teach For All. These longstanding, strategic partnerships allow us to connect our colleagues to young people worldwide who can benefit most from our support. GoTeach is guided by recognized international career readiness research - and we have developed a GoTeach Framework to support volunteers and participants. The Framework provides recommendations and outlines various activities to help explore the world of work and teach specific skills.

Teach For All is a network of more than 60 independent partner organizations around the world working to improve educational opportunities in their respective countries. We support Teach For All's global parent organization and more than 20 national organizations across Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. In addition to financial assistance, our employees actively volunteer their time, experience, and professional know-how in joint activities. We also take part in Teach For All's Future of Work initiative, which aims to understand how teachers and communities can prepare students to thrive in and lead the future of work.

SOS Children's Villages is the world's largest organization focused on ensuring that children and young people without parental care or at risk of losing it grow up with the support they need to become their strongest selves. Our collaboration focuses mainly on helping young people between the ages of 15 and 25 as they transition from school to working life. Our employees volunteer their time to mentor youth, seeking to inspire and motivate them by sharing their own professional and personal experiences. We also launched the joint initiative YouthCan! to promote decent work for young people and encourage others to share their time, skills, and expertise.

In Germany, we work with the Joblinge organization to enhance the employability of young people and with Stiftung Lesen to promote youth language and reading skills.

The impact of GoTeach

GoTeach is local impact on a global scale. By working intimately with Teach For All network partners and SOS Children's Villages, our volunteers make a difference in their communities while belonging to a worldwide community of volunteers working to improve the lives and futures of young people.