Youth in classroom in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Youth Employment Skills (YES) Activity

The Uzbekistan Youth Employment Skills (YES) Activity seeks to provide youth in Uzbekistan with the necessary knowledge and skills they need to contribute successfully to the country’s economic and social development as competent employees or entrepreneurs.


With over 60 percent of Uzbekistan’s population being under the age of 30, the youth of Uzbekistan have the potential to transform the country through their contributions to the labor market. To accomplish this, Uzbekistan’s youth require support to secure or create employment in the existing job market, and to develop the skills they need in the job market of the future economy. YES aims to improve the quality of school-based economics and entrepreneurship programs and after-school soft skills and work readiness programs. Through partnerships with the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan (MOPE) and private sector stakeholders, YES creates opportunities for hands-on training, job shadowing, and mentorship opportunities. YES provides special attention to empowering women, girls, and youth with disabilities.


United States Agency for International Development      Ministry of Public Education Uzbekistan

Funded by USAID, Uzbekistan Youth Employment Skills (YES) Activity is implemented by a consortium of partners including American Councils for International Education as the lead organization, along with Startup Innovation, Sharoit Plus, and ERGO Analytics.

Leesa Kaplan-Nunes, PhD
Chief of Party
American Councils for International Education – Uzbekistan