For youth aged 18 to 29 years

Opportunity Youth

That are not in jobs, education or training


Opportunity Youth: Pune


In Pune, there are 1.2M youth between 18 and 29 years of age and 2,50,000 Opportunity youth (*Accenture Ecosystem Study 2019). The GOYN Pune initiative is aimed at unlocking the economic potential for OY in Pune.



Vision of GOYN Pune is that Opportunity Youth in Pune have access to dignified, productive & sustainable employment, entrepreneurship & leadership.



GOYN Pune is on a mission to create a self-sustaining, locally owned system that engages and works collectively with its opportunity youth and contributes to a city that is operating at its full potential.



GOYN Pune believes in and practices the values of empathy, inclusion, courage, and integrity.


GOYN Pune Projects: 

  • Youth Connect
    GOYN’s Youth Connect project aims at Youth centric resource aggregation of services and opportunities that are fragmented and not easily accessible to opportunity youth. The project enables youth to access personalised advisory services and connection to appropriate well designed skilling programs. The project shall help youth to seek career counselling and guidance, employment and post-employment support. It would also enable young and budding entrepreneurs to seek support for entrepreneurship development, access to finance, linkages to market place and more.


  • Saksham Yuva
    Saksham Yuva is a mentorship program to support youth from low-income communities to enroll into secure jobs, complete vocational training, build entrepreneurship initiatives, and pursue apprenticeships.


  • Youth Innovation Fund
    Youth Build International, a global partner of GOYN, has launched the Youth Innovation Fund which aims at addressing the local challenges related to equity, sustainability and meaningful livelihoods through action projects led by local youth.


  • Junoon
    A pilot entrepreneurship project was designed with Lighthouse and IDFC First bank to create a dedicated entrepreneurship nurture centre. The centre would mentor  youth interested in entrepreneurship. The program aims to train entrepreneurs to increase their income and expand/grow their businesses in terms of profit/sales/scale of operation/operation/amount of customers/quality of product.


  • Udaan
    A pioneering project aimed to deploy GOYN’s place-based, collaborative approach, for bridging the gap between supply-side skilling organisations and demand-side employers to make the logistics sector aspirational for youth with limited awareness and improve longer-term employment outcomes in Pune. The program will make youth aware of the opportunities available in the logistics sector.


  • Umang
    The objective of this project is to train vulnerable women  from low income communities for entrepreneurship/job opportunities to enable a few of them to earn a livelihood every month. Digital literacy, financial literacy and skill training will be offered to these women along with psycho-social support.

OY Stories

In Their Words

Manisha has joined the Junoon [entrepreneurship development] program of GOYN. Manisha runs a small business of flowers and bouquets with an average income of INR 10 to 15 thousand a month. After joining the program, she has created a business plan for the next 6 months for expanding the geographical reach of her business, introduce new products to attract more customers, obtain business registrations and market her products through digital marketing. She currently serves 45-50 customers a month and wants to increase them to 75. She is being mentored by Shweta Agarwal of Bavaria Motors who is a businesswoman. Manisha is also being upskilled by Ferns and Petals. She has learnt about marketing, financial management and customer orientation in the Business Skills training.
Manisha Thorat Junoon- Entrepreneurship Program
“Rahul Bhagat worked on a daily wage basis for his family as he was the sole earner. He longed to become an officer but didn’t have the resources to prepare for the MPSC. He was depressed due to the increasing pressure to provide for his family as well as to fulfill his dreams. After enrolling with GOYN, He was referred to SWACH organization and he got the job immediately. After working and earning a steady source of income, His financial status improved and his family problems were solved. He works from 7 to 4 and then sits in the library to prepare for his MPSC exams which will be in 2 months. Rahul has already qualified for the entrance tests and is working towards his goals. ”
Rahul Bhagat Youth Connect- Pune
“Sonali lives in Nigdi with her husband and 2 children, one of which is Autistic as well as a PwD with MRA. She was paired with Anju who has not only mentored her to get a part time job at Morya hospital for Rs 3000/- per month but also helped her with her child. Anju guided Sonali with how to deal with the needs of her child and actually understand his emotions. Anju gave her hope and confidence to pursue her profession. They are now friends and talk at any time. Sonali has completed her GDA course and is happy with her part time job as she can take care of her kids while pursuing her career. ”
Sonali Dhotre Saksham Yuva