Children and youth portfolio
Around the world, millions of children and youth are currently being denied their rights and deprived of what they need in order to grow up healthy, protected, educated and able to realize their rights.
At Epic we believe in a world where children and youth, no matter their race, gender, sexuality, health or their place of birth can live their lives to its full potential, free from injustice.
That is why we created a portfolio of cutting-edge organizations that are moving the needle for children and youth across four continents on the issues of violence, mental health, gender equity, education and livelihoods, and poverty alleviation.
Apnalaya’s aim is to empower disadvantaged populations living in the informal settlements of Mumbai to overcome the many social, political and economic barriers they face, and to help them access opportunities that lead to a better quality of life.
BeCode’s mission is to grow today’s talented – and especially vulnerable – job seekers into tomorrow’s best developers. They are a next-generation training center, active in 5 cities across Belgium, which provides training programs on digital technologies free of charge. The training targets job seekers and early school leavers as well as other candidates who experience barriers to employment.
CFK Africa is a locally-led, holistic community-based organization that exists to develop local leaders, catalyze positive change, and alleviate poverty in the informal settlement of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. CFK Africa’s programs are aligned under three departments: Primary Healthcare, Education & Livelihoods and Girls Empowerment.
Common Justice operates the first-of-its-kind alternative-to-incarceration and victim-service program to tackle violent crime among youth in New York City. Following the principles of restorative justice, they design and implement interventions that recognize the harm done, honor the needs and interests of those harmed, and hold the perpetrator accountable. By doing so, they work towards racial equity while aiming to secure safety, healing and justice for survivors and their community, and break cycles of violence.
CommonLit is working to solve the educational resource disparity and ensure that more students in low income schools graduate high school with the reading and writing skills they need to be successful. CommonLit has developed an innovative free online reading program that helps teachers advance their students’ literacy.
Belgium and France
DUO for a JOB
DUO for a JOB’s mission is to reduce barriers to employment for young people from immigrant backgrounds and to fight against stereotypes. DUO supports immigrant youth seeking employment in Belgium and France through intergenerational mentoring provided by experienced professionals in retirement.
Friends-International offers holistic support to vulnerable children and youth across the many challenges they face, including social marginalization, exclusion from education and training, child labor, poverty and separation from family.
La Maison des Femmes de Saint-Denis
La Maison des Femmes is a unique care center for women who have experienced violence and their children. It’s attached to the Saint-Denis hospital, in one of France’s most deprived and under-resourced cities. Open to all, it brings together a multidisciplinary team of professionals who accompany women towards recovery and autonomy. Beyond individual healing journeys, the ambition is to fight violence against women through training and advocacy.
M’Lop Tapang is a comprehensive center dedicated to disadvantaged children and youth in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The Center provides access to the learning tools, specialized services, resources, and opportunities they need to build a better future. This includes safe temporary shelter, medical care, education, sports, arts, vocational training, counseling, family support and protection from all types of child abuse.
Founded by students for students, Nightline France works to improve youth mental well-being. Its goal is to provide support to young people, in particular through a nighttime listening service, end mental health stigma and discrimination, and advocate to public institutions to offer adequate service and support in universities.
Prerana works in the red light areas of Mumbai, India to end intergenerational trafficking. Prerana empowers mothers to actively protect their children from the sex trade and to bring them security and success throughout childhood and beyond.
REACH enables disadvantaged Vietnamese youth to access economic opportunities and employment through targeted vocational training, professional skills training, and career placement services.
SafeLives is a UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse for everyone, for good. They do so by designing innovative interventions that are then scaled nationally and delivered through partners, providing research, training and support to frontline domestic abuse services and professionals, and advocating for change in the policies and laws that negatively impact survivors of violence.
SNEHA supports women and girls at reproductive age. The organization works at the community level to empower women and informal settlement communities to be catalysts of change in their own right by collaborating with existing public health systems and healthcare providers to create sustainable improvements in urban health.
Street League uses sport to end structural youth unemployment by teaching young people essential workplace skills such as teamwork, leadership, problem solving, presenting and offering competitive free educational support and job training to unemployed young people.
StrongMinds empowers African women living in poverty by treating depression at scale to enable them to lead more healthy, productive and satisfying lives. Their model is based on Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-G), which is evidence-based and has successfully been tested in Uganda.
Télémaque supports highly motivated middle and high school students and apprentices from modest backgrounds in order to encourage them to achieve their full potential through a unique double mentoring approach, receiving support from both teachers and corporate mentors.
The Brilliant Club
The Brilliant Club is a university access nonprofit that works with schools and universities across the UK. It exists to increase the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities by mobilizing the PhD community to share its academic expertise.
The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation (JED) helps schools evaluate and strengthen their mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention programs as well as systems to safeguard individual and community health. JED empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.
ThinkForward works with schools to identify the most at-risk youth, and commits to coaching them for five years through their transition from high school to employment or college. ThinkForward facilitates employability activities to broaden horizons and provide experience of the workplace.