Employment Education

In Kenya, The Woman Who Plans to be Foreman

Linnet isn't listening to anyone else's opinion of her choice to pursue a career in Kenya's growing construction sector.

Tackling Youth Unemployment in Jordan through Apprenticeships

IYF joined forces with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to link unemployed, at risk, and vulnerable youth between the ages of 16 and 24 to informal apprenticeship opportunities in five governorates in Jordan

4 Ways to Drive Youth Economic Opportunities in Indonesia

For me, getting the numbers right—particularly when they are measuring young people’s wellbeing—is critically important to how we shape meaningful youth development programs and strategies. Unfortunately, statistics around youth employment, perhaps the most significant indicator of whether a young person will lead a productive and successful life, may not paint an accurate or complete picture.

The Phone Call Every Program Manager Hopes to Get

The call came while I was in a meeting. My mind was on the group discussions as I stepped out of the room and distractedly answered, “Hello, how can I help you?” The connection was bad, every other word barely audible. Amidst the lost phrases, I was able to piece together “My name is Clerina - I benefited from IYF’s CYEP program - and I am calling to say thank you.”

EquipYouth Solves Employer’s Hiring Problems

Like their counterparts around the world, one of the main difficulties Peruvian companies report is finding trained staff with technical knowledge and good soft skills. According to Cantol S.A., a metallurgical company that has been producing locks and other security products for more than 40 years, found a solution by hiring graduates of the EquipYouth initiative.

Yes, I’m Optimistic About Palestinian Youth

What always amazes me when I’m there is the remarkable resilience and stubborn sense of hope that so many young Palestinians share.

The First Step to Successful Mixed Livelihoods in Africa

Even 25 years ago young people in Sub-Saharan Africa had started turning their backs on their parents’ traditional agriculture-based work and lives for what they saw as more exciting and lucrative opportunities in the big city.

I Went to Take Pictures, But What I Saw Changed My Perspective on Baltimore

A few weeks ago I was invited to tag along as the photographer on a site visit to Year Up Baltimore, the local branch of a professional job training corps for young people in 17 U.S. cities. Partners from our EquipYouth initiative were visiting from as far as Brazil and South Africa, and they were eager to exchange experiences and information with this organization that trains Baltimore’s youth in ways that parallel their own work and what IYF does. And me? As a long-time resident who loves this city for better or worse, I was curious to see Year Up’s impact here.

Young Women & Single Mothers in Chile Pursue New Roles

Like many young women growing up in disadvantaged communities in Chile, Helen Mendoza began raising a family at an early age—delaying her education and first career steps in order to care for her children. By the time she was able to pursue a job, Helen lacked the...

Assertive, Goal-Oriented & Confident Youth in Algeria

Nineteen-year-old Oussama and his five siblings grew up in a two-room home in Bordj El Kiffan, a sprawling suburb in northern Algeria. He grew up knowing the importance of hard work, and he also witnessed what can happen when you don’t have something to strive for in life.