Charity of the week
Global unemployment rates among youth are on the rise, with 71 million young people around the world without a job. To help lift youth out of poverty, EMpower (empowerweb.org) strategically invests in local organizations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America that are working to improve the livelihood, health, or education of local at-risk youth. In addition to offering financial assistance, the charity provides technical support to facilitate its partner organizations’ impact and growth. In northern Ghana, where nearly 50 percent of the youth are unemployed, EMpower has partnered with Urbanet to teach young people financial and agricultural skills. EMpower’s grant has so far supported the training of scores of Ghanaians in making shea butter and setting up distribution businesses to secure their livelihoods.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■