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YouthActionNet, the flagship of the International Youth Foundation’s citizenship programs, works to strengthen and expand the impact of youth-led social ventures around the globe. Over 13 years, it has created one of the world’s largest networks of young social entrepreneurs comprising...

Between 250,000 to 300,000 students drop out of middle school each year in the Fès-Boulemane and Doukkala-Abda regions of Morocco. The ITQANE project (Improving Training for Quality Advancement in National Education, which also means "perfection" in Arabic) seeks to reverse this trend...

From 2007 to 2012, Bridgeit improved the quality of teacher instruction and increases primary school student achievement in math, science, and life skills by leveraging the power of cell-phone technology. After a successful launch in the Philippines under the name text2teach,...

From 2001 to 2011, entra21, the flagship of IYF’s Work programs, provided disadvantaged youth, ages 16-29, with employment training and job placement services so they could find decent jobs and increase their employability. The program was launched in 2001 with support from the...

Launched in 2004 with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), ELSA is one of the lead implementing initiatives of the Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills (EQuAlLLS2). The project provides learning and employment...

From 2008-2010, Samsung Real Dreams empowered African youth with the opportunities, tools, and training to realize their dreams. Working with local nongovernmental organizations in four countries, Samsung Real Dreams cultivated the technical, business, and soft skills of young...

From 2000-2011, Nokia and IYF managed a robust portfolio of youth development initiatives. The company’s investment of nearly US$50million has supported education, employability, and civic engagement programs in 68 countries. Country programs, each tailored to meet locally-identified needs,...

Each year, as many as 12 million young people in India enter the labor market seeking jobs that can support themselves and their families. However, the Indian economy only creates about one million new jobs in the formal sector every year. To respond directly to these challenges, the...

Youth for the Future (Y4F), formerly known as Youth:Work Jordan, is a program of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) carried out in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development and the Government of Jordan. Its goal: to support youth at-risk in...

From 2009 to 2011, Obra (“work” in Spanish), a US$2 million initiative, operated with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and worked to ensure youth at risk in the LAC region have improved access to the programs and services needed to prepare them for...

From 2008 to 2013, with support from the Wm. J. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation, theYouth. Empowerment. Success. (Y.E.S.) program provided vulnerable youth with access to the education and skills training needed to successfully transition to adulthood. Y.E.S. empowered disadvantaged...

In Sub-Saharan Africa, one in five young people is jobless. From 2007 to 2010, the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) worked in close partnership with local organizations in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania, to offer African youth training in life skills, employability and...

From 2008-2013, 90 youth-led social innovations in 32 countries received support through the Youth Action Grants program. Created as part of the Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ commitment to communities, the initiative provided grants to young social entrepreneurs who completed IYF’s ...

From 2007 to 2010, the Merrill Lynch Bank of America Foundation provided disadvantaged youth, ages 16 to 29, with financial literacy training and/or the opportunity to develop their own businesses. In Colombia, for example, vulnerable youth in Bogotá received entrepreneurial training – and had...

In 2008, with support from the World Bank, IYF joined with the Youth Employment Network (YEN), the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI), and the Understanding Children's Work Project (UCW) to create the Global Partnership for Youth Employment and Employability. Its...

From 2008 to 2013, the Caribbean Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) equipped vulnerable youth with the technical, vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills needed to develop sustainable livelihoods. With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), this...

Launched in 2008, Youth:Work brings comprehensive employment and entrepreneurship programs to young people, ages 15 to 29. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Youth:Work enables USAID bureaus and missions to easily access IYF’s proven youth...

From November 2009 – August 2011, the Skills for Youth (SkY) program piloted two programs in collaboration with government agencies in India to help address the national skills deficit facing disadvantaged youth, ages 15 to 29. Every year, approximately 12.8 million young people enter...

YouthActionNet® program has established a global network of national/regional youth leadership institutes. That network currently spans 18 youth-serving institutions with the goal of expanding to 24 by 2015. While a majority of local institutes are housed in university settings, others...

More than 223,000 people lost their lives and 1.4 million their source of livelihood as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged a dozen South and Southeast Asian countries on December 26, 2004. From 2006 to 2009, the Tsunami Reconstruction Initiative promoted long-term...

Launched in 2005, the Empowering Africa’s Young People Initiative (EAYPI) helped prevent the spread of HIV among youth in Sub-Saharan Africa through scaling up programs proven to promote healthy behaviors. The five-year initiative, supported through the President’s Emergency Plan for...

The Emploi Habilité program seeks to train disadvantaged youth ages 15 to 25 in industry-demanded technical and life skills and place them in relevant jobs, in the tourism or transportation and logistics sectors. Building on IYF’s success with the Education and Employment Alliance...

The Passport to Success® program equips young people, ages 14 to 24, with a range of skills that will help them stay in school and acquire the education, professional skills, employment readiness and confidence they need to succeed in life and in the workplace. The program targets...

From 2007 to 2013, the Planning for Life project integrated reproductive health and family planning into youth development programs to improve the health of young women and men ages 10-24. The program was launched with support from USAID and World Learning. The Planning for Life model...

From 2005-2010, EEA improved and expanded education and employment opportunities for disadvantaged and unemployed youth in six countries in the Middle East and Asia. Supported by USAID and a wide array of corporate, foundation, and other donors, EEA forged partnerships on multiple levels (global...

More than half of the world’s youth, ages 10 to 24, can be found in Asia and the Pacific; yet the majority lives in poverty, lacks access to quality education, and needs additional skills to secure meaningful employment. From 2007 to 2011, the Unlocking the Potential of Asian Youth...

From January to December 2007, Travelport and the International Youth Foundation (IYF) partnered with Fundação Abrinq to better prepare young people for success in the work force, while encouraging their commitment to improve their own communities. With the support of the Center for the...

YouthMap is a multi-country initiative that aims to better understand and address the challenges facing Africa’s young people. Through YouthMap and its Innovation Fund, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) is conducting holistic assessments on youth circumstances and supporting...

The Youth Entrepreneurship Development program is a five-year US$15 million initiative, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Bank and Gaza Mission, that works to improve employment, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement opportunities for young...

USAID and IYF launched Youth:Work Mexico in 2010 to address youth challenges in Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana, some of Mexico’s most violent and crime-ridden communities. Working with local civil society groups, the initiative has helped create safe spaces for disadvantaged young people,...

Despite a strong emphasis on the value of work in the Senegalese culture, most youth in this country are ill-prepared to enter the local job market. In order to increase their opportunities to become successful professionals, from 2010 to 2012, IYF partneried with a Senegalese NGO, the Synapse...

Nearly 10% of Tanzanian youth under the age of 18 are orphans and/or vulnerable children (OVC) and lack opportunities to gain the necessary education and job training for their transition to a successful adulthood. Launched in May 2011, ...

A four-year, US$4.2 million civic engagement and entrepreneurship initiative, Jasa.kg harnesses and cultivates the dynamism and creativity of Kyrgyzstani youth to build a stable, prosperous and democratic Kyrgyzstan. Launched in 2011 by IYF, the project primarily aims to:

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From January 2011 to February 2014, with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and support from Creative Associates, International Youth Foundation (IYF) provided technical assistance to the Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training on the ...

Despite the fact that youth educational attainment is the highest in Egypt’s history, at least 90 percent of the country’s unemployed are under 30. Disadvantaged youth, particularly women, do not have access to relevant training to obtain jobs in the formal private sector.

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China is striving to adapt its education system to support its booming economy and meet employer demands for qualified workers. In order to prepare Chinese youth for educational achievement and employment success, it is imperative that schools provide not only strong academic curriculums, but...

The three-year Rutas program helps Mexico’s young people successfully transition from school to the workforce.

 

The initiative seeks to reform the technical upper secondary education system (EMS-T) in all six Mexican states bordering the United States. It helps Mexico’s EMS-T...

In 2012, the International Youth Foundation and the Caterpillar Foundation launched EquipYouth to address the challenges young people face when entering the labor force or starting their own business. Implemented over three years the initiative will provide 8,500 young people in 12...

Officially launched at the Summit of the Americas in April 2012, New Employment Opportunities (NEO) is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to close the gap between youth skills and employer demand for a qualified workforce in Latin America. To address the issues of youth...

The Youth Livelihoods Alliance (YLA) is a multi-stakeholder initiative, led by IYF, focused on addressing the global youth unemployment crisis. Launched in October 2012, YLA aims to convene leaders in government, business and the multi-lateral donor community to:

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The International Youth Foundation and Hilton Worldwide are partnering to provide economic opportunities to youth in communities across the globe. In recent years, the world has seen a staggering “youth bulge” created by the more than 74 million young people that are unemployed. The hospitality...

Initiated in January 2012, this three-year US $1.2 million project aims to improve livelihood opportunities for highly vulnerable in- and out-of-school youth and members of their household in the Maputo Province. PREPA (formerly known as Youth:Work Mozambique) is a partnership between...

In close cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Algiers and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IYF is implementing the three-year IDMAJ program to expand opportunities for Algerian youth in the areas of employability, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement....

Launched in 2012 with the support of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) TunisiaWorks is a two-year program that builds the capacity of local organizations and institutions to improve the employment prospects of Tunisian youth. TunisiaWorks offers employability,...

The Saudi Youth@Work Alliance is centered upon a partnership started in 2012 between IYF and the King Khalid Foundation (KKF), one of the leading foundations supporting youth development in the Kingdom of Saudi...

Building on the success of an earlier program working to equip at-risk youth in Brazil with retail, IT, and life skills, the Walmart Foundation and IYF launched the Walmart Social Retail Training Program (WSRTP) in 2012. This new global initiative oversaw the translation of...

In 2010, the International Youth Foundation partnered with Microsoft to develop Build Your Business (BYB)—an entrepreneurship training course created to introduce young people to the basic ideas, activities, and skills needed to successfully launch, lead, and grow micro enterprises.

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Funded by USAID, Zimbabwe:Works (Z:W) was launched in June 2012 to build job skills and improve the employment and self-employment status of young Zimbabweans seeking to enter the labor market. Working with 10 local NGO and private sector partners, Z:W aims to:

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Partners:
Centro Universitário do Norte (UniNorte)
L'Heure Joyeuse
Area Youth Foundation
Centro Asesor para el Desarrollo de los Recursos Humanos de Honduras
El Jawasreh Charity Association
Servicio de Promoción Integral Comunitario Juvenil
Universidad Tecnológica de Mexico (UNITEC)
Al Jisr
Fundacion Leon 2000
Foundation of Goodness
Association of Social Entrepreneurs (ASE)
kuleana Center for Children’s Rights
Vocational Education and Training Authority
National Council for Child and Youth Development
Oasis
Fundación Para la Infancia y la Juventud - Opportúnitas
Girl Guides Association of Zambia
Organisation Meghrébine des Etudes de Développement des Ressources Humaines (OMEDRH)
Association de Développement Technologique
Instituto CentroAmericano de Estudios para la Democracia Social - DEMOS
Childhood Institute
Youth of Osh
Khreibet Al Souq Women Charity Association
Prince Talal Bin Mohammad Housing Association
Rawda Charity Associaton
Sanabel Al-Kheir Charity Association
Tawoun Charity Association
Training and Rehabilitation of the Jordanian Woman Charity Association
Waqqas
Zain El-Sharaf Charity Association
Community Development and Continuing Education Institute
TA'AWON for Conflict Resolution Institute
InStream Public Foundation
Assiut Businessman Association (ASBA)
Life Vision for Development
The National Program Management Unit (NPMU)
Youth Association for Population and Development (YAPD)
Khawla Bint Al Azwar Association
That Al Nitaqain Association
Associação Unidos Para Ajudar - UPA
King Khalid Foundation
National Council of YMCAs of Korea
Microking Savings and Credit Company
Royal Business Consult Trust
The BOOST Fellowship
Création et Créativité pour le Développement et l'Embauche
Center for Corporate Cooperation Dialogue (CCCD)
ARISO - Associação para Reabilitaçãoo e Integração Social
Your Voice
International Labour Organization
Partners for Sustainable Development (PSD)
Association Nationales Echanges des Jeunes (ANEJ)

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