ChildFund The Gambia, in partnership with its local partner organizations and other groups, strives to enable Gambian youth to have the capacity to improve their lives so they can become successful young adults, parents and leaders. We provide youth with access to resources, knowledge and opportunities for community engagement, helping them to become self-confident, strong, productive and secure individuals. ChildFund youth programs give young people the skills they need to successfully transition into the workplace. Market assessments are conducted to identify business opportunities with strong potential, and youth are then given related skills training, which in turn leads to employment in a field with decent wages and in a non-exploitative environment. ChildFund The Gambia youth projects target school dropouts from different communities and are centered around training programs that are geared toward enhancing the entrepreneurial spirit and skills inherent in youth. For example, ChildFund successfully initiated a youth-run cooperative garden, creating employment opportunities and promoting local food security and access to the water supply.