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Pathways to Progress

1.2 Billion young people around the globe, more than ever before

156 Million are working, yet living in poverty

71 Million are unemployed; 3 times higher than the adult unemployment rate

The Initiative

Pathways to Progress is Citi and the Citi Foundation’s response to the persistent issue of youth unemployment globally. Led by the philanthropic efforts of the Citi Foundation, and strengthened by the active involvement of dedicated Citi volunteers, the Pathways to Progress initiative supports programs that help young people, ages 16-24, build an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire leadership, financial and workplace skills, and begin to engage in the formal economy through a first job.

In February 2017, the Citi Foundation announced it would expand its philanthropic commitment to empowering urban youth with an additional $100 million investment to impact the lives of 500,000 young people in cities around the world by 2020. To support these efforts, Citi is mobilizing 10,000 Citi volunteers to serve as mentors, coaches, and provide professional advice to help young people move towards their career goals.

The Research

The Citi Foundation is also committed to supporting research that helps advance the field of youth economic opportunities. Most recently we commissioned a survey with Ipsos to gauge the economic prospects and pursuits of youth in 45 cities across 32 countries around the world. The key findings of this survey are based on the voices of 7,000 young people. We learned about what careers they want to pursue, the availability of resources that help connect them to employment opportunities, and the obstacles that stand in their way.

The Programs

Pathways to Progress programming is being implemented globally. Click on a region to learn more.

Latin America North America Europe, Middle East & Africa Asia Pacific

The Progress

In 2017 we invested $43 million in youth programming across 79 countries & territories, reaching over 200,000 youth.

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