The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund together with The MasterCard Foundation and YouthBuild International, collaborate to form a $5.68 million partnership to support youth employment and long-term reconstruction in Haiti. The project supports the creation of education and skills development centers throughout Haiti where more than 5,300 Haitian youth will receive vocational training in construction and learn leadership skills for the future. With more than one million Haitian youth entering the workforce over the next five years the partnership will provide the youth with the skills and training they need to build their country and their futures. It will support the creation of education skills development centers across the country.
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s contribution will support the first two centers; The MasterCard Foundation partnership will finance the launch and programming of the next four centers. The centers will provide a six-month training program on construction skills, leadership development, financial literacy, and basic education that includes a stipend, equipment and uniforms, a daily meal, travel allowance, and a starter set of hand tools that will enable trainees to become immediately employable upon graduation. During the six-month program, young people will divide their time between learning in a classroom and working on construction sites, rebuilding critical community infrastructure. Moreover, the program will also support Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), in which individual trainees will receive 2:1 matching funds from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund when they set aside eight percent of their stipends, creating a financial safety net for the trainees as they enter the post-training, job-seeking phase of the program.