Livelihoods

USAID’s New Youth Policy Is Timely & Urgently Needed: Here’s Why

New policies and procedures are announced nearly every day in Washington, DC, often with little notice, and sometimes, deservedly so. However, a new youth policy just released by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) deserves not only our attention,...

USAID & IYF Seek to Strengthen Capacity of Palestinian Organizations

To improve the long-term job prospects of young Palestinians, the Youth Entrepreneurship Development (YED) initiative is implementing a range of training activities to strengthen the capacity of local organizations...

Symposium Tackles Europe’s Youth Jobless Crisis

A one-day symposium held in Madrid explored a range of strategies to address the unparalleled youth jobless crisis in Europe and beyond.

Young People & Violence: The Aurora Shooting Demands Answers

The midnight massacre carried out by a young man in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, raised painful questions for me and so many others about how it could have been prevented, including how can we, as citizens, still tolerate...

Our Call to Action is Gaining Traction: Yet Far More Still Needs to be Done for Youth to Succeed

What does it take to get top corporate and government leaders and more than 100 organizations from nearly 50 countries together in one placefor three of the hottest days of the summer, including a Saturday?...

Expanding Opportunities for Young People: A Mother’s Perspective

I recently watched my son Franklin graduate from law school—surely a moment to be treasured by his parents. As I sat back in the auditorium to savor the moment, I thought about the opportunities that were now open to him to pursue in his life, and how fortunate he was to have those choices. I...

Tackling Global Youth Unemployment: Are the Stars in Alignment?

Even in the fast-paced and often chaotic world in which all of us live, sometimes the stars arrange themselves in ways that help us see a clear path forward. I recently participated in a series of events—some of them years in the making—that reflected this rare alignment.

On March 27, in...

IYF Spotlights Opportunity Divide among the World's Young People:

New Paper, commissioned by Microsoft, outlines actions to better prepare youth entering the 21st century workforce

Today the International Youth Foundation (IYF) released,...

New Guide Helps Assess Quality & Impact of Youth Livelihood Initiatives

The need to provide young people with jobs and economic opportunity has moved to the forefront of today’s global development agenda. Yet because not enough youth livelihood programs have been carefully evaluated, it is difficult to identify the most promising initiatives that could be replicated...

Solutions to Youth Unemployment Crisis in the Middle East

More than 400 representatives of public, private, and civil society organizations - and youth - from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) participated in the Youth@Work: Partnerships for Skills Development...