The YES Campaign was launched by 1600 delegates from 120 countries at the Alexandria Youth Employment Summit, in Egypt on September 11, 2002. The Alexandria Summit was hosted by the Arab Republic of Egypt and was co-chaired by H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, First Lady of Egypt and Hon. William J. Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States.
THE CAMPAIGN GOALS: 1. Develop capacity of youth to lead in-country youth employment initiatives; 2. Promote youth employment to address key development challenges; 3. Build in-country coalitions to develop national strategies addresssing youth unemployment
THE YES METHODOLOGY: The YES Campaign strives to build the individual capacity of youth in order to create sustainable livelihoods and to establish an entrepreneurial culture where young people move toward formal employment. The 83 YES country networks are a unique platform from which to accomplish this goal, spanning many cultures, contexts, and geographies. To date, the lives of 1 million youth have been affected by YES programming and there has been extensive community re-investment. With the support of diverse stakeholders, networks organize and facilitate customized programming that relies on youth to drive the implementation process. Since its launch in 2002, the YES Campaign has validated the concept that young people, if given access to the right resources, can effectively craft their own advancement opportunities.