The Youth Entrepreneurship Fund (YEF) seeks to document what works in creating pipelines into microbusiness ownership and/or careers for opportunity youth by infusing entrepreneurial education into existing pathway models that are being implemented in OYIF communities. This effort aligns with the OYIF vision of building out an eco-system of multiple reconnection pathways with diverse on-ramps leading to economic success and stability for opportunity youth. Additionally, YEF seeks to support the OYIF goal of promoting racial, gender, and economic equity and justice by ensuring that youth who are experiencing barriers to participation in the economy  including youth of color, low-income, immigrant, system-involved, and LGBTQ youth are provided with the full range of opportunities to develop the entrepreneurial mindset and skillset, as well as a set of tools and supports they need to thrive in todays economy.

Applicants to the YEF must be one of the current backbones for the 24 OYIF communities. Up to three one-year awards of $50,000 will be made by the Aspen Forum.

Proposals are due by electronic submission to Yelena Nemoy at no later than 5:00 PM EST, Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Download the YEF coversheet here, RFP here and timeline here.

Please note that no solicitations will be accepted. Only current OYIF backbones are eligible to apply.

Please contact Yelena Nemoy at with any questions about YEF.