The Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) program is designed as a private sector intervention to address the urgent needs of at-risk, inner-city youth between the ages of 16 - 29. YUTE was designed by and is co-ordinated by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), following the negative impact of the civil unrest in Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston in May, 2010 that impacted the lives of thousands of young people. YUTE has adopted a two-year aggressive approach that zeroes in on some of the root causes of violence and unemployment among young people, and improves their chances for employment through mentorship and skills upgrading. The program builds technical and social skills and provides long and short term economic and entrepreneurship opportunities for 2,200 unattached young persons in in eight Kingston communities. YUTE has received US$400,000 from Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) funding – a congressional priority – for the first phase from January 2011 to June 2013. It is estimated that this public-private partnership will leverage US$10.5 million in inkind and private sector funding.