American Friends of YouthStart Belgium

YouthStart Belgium (BE) A Project of Y | KBFUS Funds

Our Social Mission

YouthStart inspires underprivileged youth to find their path to success through a hands-on, interactive and creative training in entrepreneurship.

A clear Vision

By building the social, professional and financial self-confidence of underprivileged youth YouthStart contributes to the common good of society.

Robust Strategy

YouthStart delivers its training programs in a unique, high quality and practical manner.
The operation of YouthStart is possible thanks to partnerships with the business community, social organizations, academia and government agencies.
The success of YouthStart is ensured by the commitment we expect from participants of the training program.

YouthStart Unique Concept

To succeed in our mission, YouthStart developed a five point concept:

  • an interactive, creative and hands-on course
  • experienced entrepreneurs and business people leading the trainings as certified trainers
  • a unique collaboration with the business world
  • assistance in finding start-up capital
  • a mentorship for young starters for two years

Hands-on and No Nonsense

The starting point is the interest, input and knowledge of each student. Through actual practice and a no-nonsense approach YouthStart brings underprivileged youth a solid foundation of business knowledge. We provide a framework for the initial steps towards forming an independent business; first with a fictitious company and later, if they wish, with a real company. Learning to use information technology is an integral part of the training. Another important element is learning to manage a personal budget.

Mentoring Before and After

Young people who take the step towards starting up their own businesses benefit from guidance and support from YouthStart. Through our partnership with the Senior Consultants, among others, as well as employees of our partner companies, young people can take advantage of a mentor's rich knowledge and experience.

YouthStart also assists the students in locating start-up capital.

Certified YouthStart Trainers

YouthStart courses may only be given by someone with the official YouthStart -Trainer Certificate. The quality of the YouthStart course and YouthStart trainers is of utmost importance.

YouthStart History

YouthStart was founded in 1998 as an initiative of VOKA Committee Brussels as NFTE Belgium. They were inspired by the successful American businessman Steve Mariotti who founded NFTE in1987. To inspire underprivileged youth towards entrepreneurial attitudes in life and work, YouthStart Belgium counts on the contribution and support of:

  • an active Board of Directors
  • a small office staff
  • structural support from numerous partners in the business world
  • a loyal group of dynamic volunteers
  • a loyal group of dynamic volunteers

Alternative ways to give:

For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write "American Friends of YouthStart Belgium" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: or phone (212) 713 7660.

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