Youth-Inclusive Financial Services (YFS) are a range of financial products and services intentionally designed and adapted to meet the needs of youth.
Making Cents International's YFS-Link is a ground-breaking capacity building and training initiative to expand the range and quality of financial services to young people across the globe. YFS-Link offers innovative, practical tools and guidance that assist financial service providers (FSPs) and youth serving organizations (YSOs) to serve young clients with appropriate financial services.
Based on our analysis of youth needs and current provision of services, Making Cents develops strategies to address gaps in information, skills, and resources required for institutions to meet demand for financial services by young people. These strategies include development of institutional capacity building curricula, global dissemination of the curricula through partnerships with a range of institutions and a trainer certification program, creation of a collaborative learning and resource center as the nucleus of a community of practice, and provision of technical assistance to support the curricula and training.
Visit YFS-Link’s interactive portal, the first space for FSPs and YSOs to gather, learn and share about youth-inclusive financial services. (read more...)
Making Cents develops state-of-the-art curricula and delivers participatory training to institutions interested in providing or linking youth to appropriate financial services. (read more...)
To date, hundreds of practitioners, including individuals from CHF International, Equity Bank, FINCA, Freedom from Hunger, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), and Save the Children have participated in our YFS training courses.
To make course content more widely available, Making Cents employs a cascade-based model of training dissemination. (read more...)
Making Cents also delivers personalized technical assistance and can combine strategies to suit the needs of the institution(s). (read more...)
Recent YFS-Link TA partnerships include:
Making Cents International would like to thank The MasterCard Foundation for its continued support and commitment to the YFS-Link program.
"It was a very good program and I enjoyed the course...[we will be starting] a program with the youth in the project affected communities we are working in. We plan to train them in Youth Inclusive Financial Services, organize a market research to identify their financial needs and link them to a partner bank. All this has been possible through your support. Thank you."
- Joseph Nyamekeh Armah, Project Coordinator, Organization for Livelihood Enhancement Services (Olives)
Check out YFS-Link’s newest case studies highlighting the experiences of practitioners working in youth-inclusive financial services around the world.