The Jamaica Youth Business Trust seeks to reduce unemployment among the nation’s youth by supporting entrepreneurial ventures initiated by young persons. This is achieved through the provision of business counseling, and other forms of assistance designed to enhance the development of the young entrepreneur and promote his/her success in business.  

As an agency involved in the process of social development and transformation, the Jamaica Youth Business Trust has a much broader role to play than solely the provision of business start-up; it also acts as a vehicle to promote the advancement of young people in Jamaica, enhance the social and economic development of the wider community, and increase the nation’s social capital.

In order to help create a new generation of young Jamaican entrepreneurs, the Jamaica Youth Business Trust provides a package of services, which includes business mentoring, training, networking, and advisory services.

Our Mission

To help young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to develop their self-confidence, achieve economic independence, fulfill their ambition and contribute to their community through the medium of self-employment and job- creation.

Our Impact

Explore Enterprise is a diverse group of young people seeking a clearer understanding of entrepreneurship. 58% of survey respondents indicated that Explore Enterprise resulted in self-employment or the start of a new business. Therefore, over half of all respondents in our evaluation have gone on to start a new business or are now self-employed.

100% of participants in our 1-1 business planning support found the 4-week support helpful.