What We Do

IYF connects young people with opportunities to transform their lives. Our holistic approach emphasizes life skills in combination with a mix of technical, vocational, and entrepreneurship training. As a result, young people are prepared to enter the workforce, create their own opportunities, and be agents of change in their communities. 

Together with our partners, we build effective, sustainable, and scalable initiatives in three thematic areas:

Education & Employment: We’re preparing young people for the jobs employers are looking to fill. With a demand-driven approach, our partnerships and initiatives underscore life skills and technical/vocational training as critical components of successful youth workforce development. In our library, you can find almost 30 years' worth of learning on the topic through publications such as Getting Youth in the Door and Creating Opportunities for Youth in Hospitality.

Entrepreneurship: Our self-employment initiatives enable young people to build, scale, and lead small and micro-enterprises. Whether it's our Build Your Business curriculum in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, Young Entrepreneurs in India, Youth Entrepreneurship Development in Palestine, or the entrepreneurship component of an employability program like Zimbabwe:Works, we're promoting self-employment as a vital opportunity for youth.

Social Innovation: IYF nurtures young leaders and the institutes that support these change-makers. Our YouthActionNet® initiative strengthens youth-led social ventures around the world. To learn more about these young innovators, meet the 2018 YouthActionNet class of Laureate Global Fellows.