About Us

For 30 years, our sole focus has been to help young people succeed. Together with partners around the world, we’ve invested in ensuring that youth develop the leadership, technical, and life skills to earn a livelihood. Whether it’s landing a first job, growing a business, or driving social change, every young person deserves the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. Rooted in the belief of youth as problem-solvers, change-makers, and leaders, our initiatives are catalysts for change.

In all our efforts, we achieve effectiveness, scale, and sustainability by creating tailored programming that draws on our strengths:

Technical and operational expertise: IYF has a decades-long track record of working with corporations big and small to co-design effective workforce development programs.

Global plus local outlook: We adapt programs to be relevant by combining our perspective having worked around the world with the on-the-ground insights of the IYF global partner network.

Local capacity strengthening: We introduce systems and processes, from monitoring and evaluation to financial management, to ensure local implementers meet global standards of excellence.

Thought leadership: We share our authoritative voice in youth employability through research publications, conferences, and case studies.

Multi-stakeholder alliances: We broker partnerships with corporations, governments, and civil society to make sure youth development efforts are scalable and sustainable.