Livelihoods

Loss, Resilience, Generosity: Moving Forward after 9/11

This past week there were many ways to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11. I felt fortunate to have been part of a quiet gathering in New York City, hosted by the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, that drove home both the enormous sense of loss...

The London Riots: Who’s to Blame?

No one is doing nothing for us—not the politicians, not the cops, no one.” These are the words of a 19-year old boy who was arrested, along with 1200 others who were involved in the riots that have transformed London into terrifying scenes of violence and chaos. Among other youth who are...

The Arab Spring

This post originally appeared as part of Interaction's Monday Developments.

“We can build, we can plant, we can be creative, we can invent,” a young Jordanian announced recently to an assembled group of...

Conference Tackles Youth Unemployment, Education Crisis in Latin America

On June 21 and 22, 2011, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) in partnership with the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank, the...

Tired of the Depressing Nightly News? This DC Conference Promotes Positive Solutions for a Change

Too often, the media only offers up the negative stories, focusing on narratives of violence, corruption, drugs, or conflict. So I pay particular attention when I hear about positive change—especially when it relates to young people. Just yesterday, I read about...

Sabino Mendoza & His Dictionary for Success

Sabino, now 25, grew up in the Ataquero district of the Peruvian Andes, as one of nine children. His father, like many Peruvian farmers, never went to school...

IYF Holds Youth Conference In Ciudad Juárez

In response to this city’s ongoing violence and soaring school dropout rates, more than 180 government, civic and youth leaders came together this week to share effective strategies to empower young people and increase community involvement in youth-targeted activities. The two-day event was...

New Employment Program Empowers Palestinian Youth

The International Youth Foundation (IYF), in partnership with the  US Agency for International Development (USAID), announced Wednesday a new four-year initiative to improve the employment, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement opportunities for Palestinian youth.

The launch was attended...

US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights & Labor Visits Youth:Work Jordan

For two hours, ten youth participating in Youth:Work Jordan (YWJ), a five-year initiative working to improve livelihood and development opportunities for vulnerable youth, had the chance to share their accomplishments, challenges, and aspirations...

IYF Interviewed on National Public Radio: Program Spotlights Youth-Led Uprisings in Arab World

The International Youth Foundation’s Vice President of Work Programs Awais Sufi and IYF Board Member Raghda El Ebrashi helped lead a lively and far-ranging discussion around events unfolding across the Arab region that was broadcast on the internationally syndicated public radio program,...