The Youth Apprenticeship Program trains young women with the skills they need to start their own businesses and support themselves. Young women enter the program, attend classes, and get partnered with an established business owner in their community. They work alongside these local leaders to learn a trade and valuable business skills, equipping themselves with the tools they will need to build bright futures.

Because most of the young women have received little or no formal education, they are also taught critical life skills like financial basics, nutrition, HIV/AIDS prevention, and reproductive health.

When they graduate from the program, YAP alums receive an interest-free loan so that they can start their own businesses.

Best of all, many YAP graduates decide to take on their own apprentices—paying it forward to the next generation of young women.

This International Women’s Day, we want to put 25 girls though the YAP program in Ghana.

It only costs $320 to enroll a young woman in the YAP program for a year. This International Women’s Day, can we raise $8,000 and spark bold new possibilities for 25 girls? Together, let’s give them the opportunity to transform their communities and their futures.

What is International Women's Day? IWD (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.