A nonprofit founded by McKinsey to tackle global youth unemployment

Inspired by our research into the journey from education to employment, McKinsey created Generation. Generation’s first program launched in 2015—in partnership with nonprofits, governments, and employers across the world. Today, Generation is the largest global program across 170+ locations in 65+ cities that trains and places youth in jobs.

To bridge the gap between youth unemployment and entry-level job vacancies, Generation offers rapid training for high-demand professions, social- support services, and guaranteed interviews with employers across 20 professions and 4 sectors. The organization undertakes extensive data tracking to measure outcomes and to demonstrate the return on investment to young people, employers, philanthropists, and government institutions.


of 20,000+ graduates

have been placed in jobs


of graduates

are employed after one year


of employers

say graduates outperform their peers on productivity, retention, and speed to promotion



higher graduate income compared with earnings before Generation

Impact stories

Stories from around the world

Graduates from all around the world share inspirational stories of how the opportunities they've received from Generation have changed their lives.

“Generation helped me raise my ambition, and gave me the confidence to walk into a workplace knowing ‘I can get this job’.”

Kisa, USA

We try to hire people with potential—those who show attention to detail and drive to serve customers. Generation has made that process a lot easier for us.

Alex Brand, director of operations for Liberty Eagle, Kenya

Generation's work by country


Winner of WISE Awards 2018

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) selected Generation as a winner of their 2018 awards. WISE is a leading international initiative focused on innovation in education. Out of 400 candidates, Generation was one of 6 winners.

Get in touch

Seeking a job?

Generation’s programs provide young adults the training and guidance to launch careers.

Looking to hire?

Are you an employer interested in hiring Generation graduates?

General inquiries

Explore ways to get involved in the Generation program.

How McKinsey supports Generation

McKinsey supports Generation by deploying our people as staff, donating and helping to raise money, and convening key stakeholders across public, private, and social sectors committed to tackling the youth-unemployment challenge.


McKinsey colleagues

completed fellowships with Generation over 3 years



value of McKinsey support over 5 years in funding, logistical support, and people’s time



A hands-on approach to youth unemployment

– The key to combating high unemployment among young people globally is forging stronger connections among employers, education... providers, and youth themselves to build skills that lead to entry-level jobs in growth sectors.

Closing the skills gap: Creating workforce-development programs that work for everyone

– The ‘‘skills gap’’ in the United States is serious. Here is how to do better.

Education to employment: Designing a system that works

– Young people can’t find jobs. Yet employers can’t find people with the right entry-level skills. How can we close this gap?

From our blog

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Generation: Helping Hong Kong’s youth discover a different path to success

– In Hong Kong, the McKinsey-founded non-profit, Generation, is helping young people and employers tackle skill challenges.
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After 3 years of tackling youth unemployment, Generation has 15,000+ graduates—and counting

– It’s been three years since McKinsey founded Generation, a nonprofit focused on addressing the global problem of youth unemployment.
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Joining forces with United Way to tackle youth unemployment

– Generation, the youth employment program founded by McKinsey Social Initiative is partnering with United Way, the world’s largest... privately funded nonprofit, to help even more young people find jobs and build careers.
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Skills for life: A rousing speech from Generation Kenya

– When one million of your peers are out of work, pessimism comes easily. But Simon Mwangi, a 23-year-old graduate of Generation... Kenya, never stopped looking for opportunity. He enrolled in the education-to-employment program, graduated, and now works at a large insurance company.
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New job, new life: Updates from Generation graduates around the world

– Young people are transforming their lives at McKinsey Social Initiative’s Generation program.
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Generation update: Connecting graduates with jobs on three continents

– As McKinsey Social Initiative’s youth employment program expands, we catch up with two graduates from its first cohorts.