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About Us

For 30 years, our sole focus has been to help young people succeed. Our work is fueled by the belief that young women and men everywhere possess dreams, ambition, and the same spark of potential. However, we also know that opportunities are not equitably distributed. Rooted in the belief of youth as problem-solvers, change-makers, and leaders, our initiatives are catalysts for change. We forge global and local partnerships that transform lives, together.

Our Reach


Our Commitment

Three decades ago, a generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched the International Youth Foundation. The world has changed a lot since 1990, but our commitment to helping the world’s young people succeed hasn’t wavered. We remain dedicated to our vision, mission, and values.

Learn about our 30-year history and join us in investing in youth.


Our Strategy

Learn more about what we do and our three strategic objectives: youth agency, economic opportunity, and systems change.

For more information, including how our work is more relevant than ever, read Transformation 2022: Our Strategy & COVID-19 Response.


Our Experts

We are experts in youth development who bring passion and experience to bear every day in our work connecting young people with opportunities to transform their lives.

Meet our executive team and staff, Board of Directors, Diversity and Inclusion Council, and YouthActionNet® Alumni Council.


Our Partners & Approach

IYF works with corporations and corporate foundations, educational institutions, and youth-serving organizations of all sizes around the world to support their reaching strategic goals. Our global partner network implements all IYF initiatives.

Discover the full list of partners who have counted on IYF to build initiatives and transform lives, together.