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Generation

Generation is a global youth employment program that places disconnected young adults in jobs, giving them the skills and support they need to achieve enduring personal and professional success.

Today, more than 73 million young adults are out of work, and three times as many are underemployed. At the same time, 40% of employers say a skills shortage is leaving them with entry-level vacancies.

Generation is pioneering a new way to bridge this gap. Its methodology includes rapid training for high-demand professions, social support services and guaranteed interviews with employers. Generation uses extensive data tracking to measure outcomes and demonstrate the return on investment to young people, employers, philanthropists and government institutions.

Most programs help a few thousand people. Generation aspires to address youth employment on a global scale, so it is designed to be replicable and scalable worldwide.

Generation is the first program of McKinsey Social Initiative, a non-profit organization founded by McKinsey & Company. It is supported by several local and global funders, including McKinsey & Company, Walmart, USAID, and the European Commission’s European Social Fund through Escuela de Organización Industrial.

To learn more about Generation or participate as a student, employer, or partner, please visit the Generation website.

“I am employed in the same job after 12 months and have been promoted. Generation helped show me how! I love what I do.”

Progress so far

Since its creation in 2014, Generation has launched in 47 cities across 5 countries – India, Kenya, Mexico, Spain and the United States. In total, more than 10,000 students have graduated.

  • 84% of Generation’s graduates have been placed in jobs
  • Average income for graduates is 2-6 times what it was before the program
  • 54% of students are female and one third are parents
  • 98% of the 1000+ employers who have hired a Generation graduate say they would do so again
  • Operating costs per student are 20-50% of comparable programs in each country

“I came to Delhi with dreams to work in healthcare...Today I work as a Patient Care Assistant and earn twice what I was making before. 100% of the credit goes to Generation.”

McKinsey Social Initiative

McKinsey Social Initiative (MSI) is an independent non-profit organization founded by McKinsey & Company. It is a separate 501(c)(3) that houses programs such as Generation.

MSI aims to tackle the world’s most pressing social problems; it works with stakeholders in the public, private, and social sectors to co-create powerful cross-disciplinary approaches and to develop and test innovative, scalable and replicable solutions.

We support MSI through access to our firm’s skills, resources, and convening power to help to build more stable, prosperous, and inclusive communities – both because it’s our responsibility, and because it is in the interests of our clients and our people.

To learn more visit the MSI website.

Stories from around the world

Stories from around the world

Graduates share their stories in this video by Generation.

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Generation: tackling youth employment

To learn more about Generation or participate as a student, employer, or partner, please visit the Generation website.
McKinsey Social Initiative

McKinsey Social Initiative

MSI is an independent non-profit organization founded by McKinsey & Company to address global societal challenges.