A future where young Cambodians have the capacity to pursue careers to improve the quality of their lives.
Connecting Cambodian youth with the skills, opportunities, and inspirations needed to reach their potential.
Increase the percentage of high school students in our target areas accessing skilled employment.
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Who We Are 

PEPY Empowering Youth is a local non-profit and NGO providing personal and professional development training to rural youth in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We are a team led by local Cambodians dedicated to helping youth identify their dreams and find pathways to success. Starting at the high school level, our interwoven programs provide holistic support for young students to have the tools, network, and resources to succeed in school and thrive in the professional setting of their choice.

Our Programs

Dream Management Program

An elective course run in partnership with local teachers covering goal setting classes, mentorship, and networking for rural high school students. 

+ Dream students since 2013

Scholarship Program

Providing tuition, healthcare, mentorship, living allowance, and skills training to financially disadvantaged but ambitious rural youth to attend higher education institutions.

PEPY Scholars since 2012

Learning Center Program

One year program with context-based training in English, Information Communication Tech (ICT), and soft skills for youth to excel in the current job market.

Graduates since 2013

New Initiatives

Youth Leaders in Action Project 

The Learning Center’s English, ICT, and Youth Empowerment Projects culminate into the Youth Leaders in Action Project where youths take course content from theoretically to practical. In early 2020, youth groups were given training and workshops to design and implement business and community development initiatives. In 2020-2021, youth groups will apply their skills from the Learning Center to conduct research and advocacy projects. 

Future is Bright Computer Lab & Club

One of youths’ greatest barriers to ICT education and technical job training is limited exposure and access to computers. COVID-19 has greatly impacted Siem Reap’s economy which is primarily dependent on tourism. This lab will enable youth to use computers, PEPY developed ICT training materials, and online courses on their terms, for them to diversify their skills and qualify for more positions both online and in Cambodia. 

Youth Creators & Innovators Incubator

PEPY team and youth envision a future where they are enabled to not only be job seekers, but job creators! COVID-19 has greatly exacerbated this need, as the Siem Reap community is looking to diversify its industries and employment opportunities away from tourism and hospitality. The incubator will provide the necessary professional skills training, resources, and coaching for youth to launch successful start-ups in 2021.

Our Recent Blog Posts & Stories

February 23, 2021 Kathryn McDaniel 0

“Great entrepreneurs have the ability to change the way we live and work, on local and national bases. If successful, their innovations may improve standards of living, and in addition to creating wealth with entrepreneurial ventures, they also create jobs and contribute to a growing economy. The importance of entrepreneurship …

November 16, 2020 Kathryn McDaniel 0

Past employees of PEPY Empowering Youth often recall their time at PEPY as being part of a large community or family where the students and team members cultivate a second home. The programs and target areas may change over time to better respond to the community, but the spirit of …

September 6, 2020 Kathryn McDaniel 0

In light of the declining economy as a result of COVID-19, the PEPY team is not just preparing students to leave our Learning Center as job seekers, but building their skills and confidence in being job creators. Our students are eager to be role models in their communities and find …


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