The YouthStart Fund (Belgium)

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  • Stimulate entrepreneurship among disadvantaged youngers and young adults (16-30 yrs) by engaging them in a practical, interactive and creative training program.
  • The objective is to facilitate their social and professional integration by either returning to school, finding a job or starting their own business.


In 2018, YouthStart will provide 100 entrepreneurship training programs to groups of 10-15 participants, free of charge.

On the final day of the 8-day program, participants present the business plan they developed during the course to a panel of experts, before being awarded the YouthStart Certificate.

After the program, graduates continue to be supported and mentored by YouthStart community partners.

Success Indicators

  • 82% educational or professional integration rate within 6 months after completion of the program.
  • Impact research indicates that 6 months after the completion of the program, 82% of graduates have taken charge of their future either by finding a job (59%), pursuing their education (12%) or starting their own business (11%).
  • The 82% benchmark is considered outstanding especially given the fragile and disadvantaged target population.


Myriad Canada is working with YouthStart in Belgium to implement this project. Founded in 1998, the organization is under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen of Belgium. The goal of YouthStart for 2020 is to reach a total of 10,000* young people who will become entrepreneurs in life and in work.

*Gross estimated cost for training one student: 2 700 CAD (1 800 Euros).

Myriad Canada’s role is to carry out charitable activities across the globe in accordance with its charitable purposes. We control and monitor the use of funds and the progress of charitable activities to ensure that donations made to Myriad Canada have the greatest impact in accordance with donors’ expressed wishes. As a member of the Myriad Alliance with offices in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, Myriad Canada has a vast international network and extensive practical expertise.

How to support this project?

By credit card: At the top right of this page, indicate the amount you wish to donate, and make the donation online by credit card. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes by e-mail just a few minutes after making the donation. Quick and easy!

By cheque: Mail the cheque to the Myriad Canada Foundation, mention ‘Project C203 : YouthStart’ in the ‘For’ section and send it to: Myriad Canada Foundation, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 1670, MONTREAL, QC, H3B 2B6 – CANADA.

By Direct Deposit: Send an email to Mélina Zitiello or call +1 5438-300-8122.

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt in Canada

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