Together with USAID, in 2010 we launched a four-year program called Youth:Work Mexico  to address challenges youth face in Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana, some of the country’s most violent and crime-ridden communities. Working with local civil society groups, we’ve helped create safe spaces for disadvantaged young people, strengthened and expanded after-school and summer programs, and prepared Mexican youth for viable futures through formal jobs and self-employment. By welcoming 7,500 young people into youth-friendly summer and after-school programs, we helped reduce gang involvement, school repetition, and desertion rates. The employability component of Youth:Work Mexico equipped over 2,000 youth with training and life skills and connected them with job opportunities so they could participate actively in the workforce and become positive role models in their communities.  We also trained local organizations such as Empréndete Juárez, and ProSalud in Tijuana to continue the program implementation.