Stay Youth

Training for disadvantaged young people

Vocational training is the basis for stable work, a reliable income and a self-determined life. With Stay Youth we give the poorest young people in Uganda access to vocational training. We don’t leave them alone after school either.



75 percent of Uganda’s population is under 30 years old – and the number is increasing. Many of them are unemployed. Young people from the slums are particularly affected: they have no access to good schools and often have no chance on the job market. Our Stay Youth program offers them a way out: we teach them a craft and also help them start their own business. Four social enterprises from Stay Alliance Uganda carry out the training.

Stay Youth is a school and incubator in one


For six months, the trainees attend the school
and learn a craft such as sewing, hairdressing, shoe making or bookbinding

At the end of the training, the trainees receive an officially recognized certificate

They then receive start-up capital, for example for sewing machines,
and start their own microenterprise. In the process, they are coached for six months
by established social entrepenuers.

The start-up is successful and makes profit -with a part of it, the trainees pay back the costs of training
and enable others to receive the training

Stay Youth in numbers



of Uganda’s population are under 30 years old – and often unemployed. Stay Youth offers perspective for the weakest of them


Stay Alliance social enterpreneurs carry out the training


disadvantaged young people train them in the first round



Euro costs us training including start-up capital for an own microenterprise



A curriculum vitae like a Teaching plan

Geofrey Nsubuga knows how to escape the misery of the slums. He grew up in a slum in Kampala, Uganda’s capital. He knows what it’s like to be stigmatized. Only because he comes from a disadvantaged part of town – which is known for drugs, crime and violence. But Geofrey didn’t let himself get down. With an irrepressible will and thirst for knowledge, he “educated himself” from the slum.

Today he helps other young people do the same. He founded the SOMERO vocational school. He and his 21 employees provide young people with professional knowledge for a self-determined life. With his experience, he is one of the founders and executing social entrepreneurs of Stay Youth, the vocational training program of Stay Alliance Uganda.

“With this certificate I can later earn my own money.”

16-year-old Annie (2nd from left) comes from the slum, where violence, drugs and sexual abuse are the order of the day. But now Annie looks to the future with hope: “I’m now learning a recognized profession and will even get a recognized certificate. This way I can earn my own money.” Annie also gets the chance to set up her own small business. Maybe she can even employ others in it. This is how our multiplicative approach has an impact.

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