Yunus & Youth is looking for young people who want to transform their communities through business.
Join us to start your entrepreneurial journey!
be 15-19 years old, identify as black, live in the United States, and be in high school.
Apply for our free 6-month social entrepreneurship program to learn how to turn your ideas and vision for your community into a financially sustainable business model.
Have the support from a successful black mentor
All program participants will be matched with a mentor from a Fortune 500 company. Mentors will provide inspiration and support – and teach you how to use business skills to build your project!
Develop skills you'll use for a lifetime
Entrepreneurial skills like creativity, critical thinking, and communication will look great on your resumé or college application!
Join a vibrant community of young social entrepreneurs
You will engage with our global network of social innovators and mentors. Talk about connections and networking, huh?
Learn how to create a business step-by-step
Pitch your solution and earn a grant to kick-start your business
The Program will end with a Final Pitch Competition and participants will present their solutions to a panel of judges from our global network. The best projects will be awarded small grants.
To be considered for Forward, applicants must:
Be within the program’s age range (15 to 19 years old) at the time of application
Reside in the United States
Have stable access to the Internet.*
*If an applicant does not have stable access to the internet, they should signal that on the application form. The Y&Y Team will evaluate on a case-by-case basis whether we are able to provide financial assistance to cover data usage fees and devices.
Public Selection Process
August – September 2022
Aug 8, 2022 to Aug 26, 2022
Online Interview with Y&Y Forward Team
Aug 22, 2022 to Sep 16, 2022
Final Selection and Matching
Sep 30, 2022
Forward will run from
October, 2022 to March, 2023.
Apply by August 26 to be
considered for the program.
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Yunus & Youth Forward was built with youth and for youth. Our Youth Advisory Board has been working with us since the very start and will be part of the Y&Y Community for years to come. Our Expert Advisors have provided us with insight, constructive criticism, and expert guidance.
First Tech Fund is a 501(c)3 dedicated to
empowering students of underserved backgrounds with technology access, practical skills, and opportunities to succeed in the modern world. They provide NYC students with tech, practical skills, and opportunities to succeed.
Civics Unplugged is a 501(c)(3) social enterprise founded in 2019. They empower leaders of Gen Z with the training, funding, and network they need to become civic innovators that build a brighter future for humanity. Civics Unplugged builds communities of young leaders who want to realize their potential and support the flourishing of their communities and the world around them.