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Young People Tell Us How They Are Fighting Poverty & Driving Sustainability

Young People Tell Us How They Are Fighting Poverty & Driving Sustainability

Smart, passionate young people are hungry to continue creating meaningful and lasting change for their families, their communities, and the world. For International Youth Day, we set out to hear directly from young people around the globe and share their take on this year's theme, centered on two of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The thoughtful responses from a dozen youth who've participated in our initiatives underscore what IYF has known for 26 years: young people are the world's greatest resource. To reach the SDGs, the world must engage them as the agents of change they already are—entrepreneurs, peer educators, job creators, and community leaders—and support them in realizing their full potential.


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Project to help 10,000 young people with training, employment

Project to help 10,000 young people with training, employment

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Approximately 10,000 unattached young people, aged 17 to 29, are expected to benefit from the J$1.6 billion (US$9.3 million) New Employment Opportunities for Youth in Jamaica (NEO-Jamaica) project.

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New Employment Opportunities for Youth in Jamaica

New Employment Opportunities for Youth in Jamaica

Approximately 10,000 unattached young people, aged 17 and 29, are expected to benefit from the $1.6 billion (US$9.3 million) New Employment Opportunities for Youth in Jamaica (NEO-Jamaica) project.

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3 Lessons for Increasing & Sustaining Women’s Participation in Vocational Training

3 Lessons for Increasing & Sustaining Women’s Participation in Vocational Training

“I never thought I could work as a mechanic, especially not on such large trucks!” says 21-year-old Raquel in Mexico. Trained in a traditionally male trade, this EquipYouth (EY) graduate is working at Grupo Raga, a network of tire and service centers, and thriving.

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How Retail Skills Help This Young Cook in Argentina

How Retail Skills Help This Young Cook in Argentina

Lucia has big plans. At 20, she is studying to be a chef at the local instituto gastronómico, or cooking school. She lives in San Nicolas, Argentina, a community surrounded by farms and known for its manufacturing hub. Driving there, I immediately noticed the difference between the busy, cosmopolitan streets of Buenos Aires and the peaceful green of San Nicolas, populated by cows and horses and dotted with peach groves.

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