When provided the right resources and skills, youth can break the cycle of exclusion and disadvantage many of them face. As many countries confront a population “youth bulge,” our whole-child approach to youth programming has proven effective.
We apply multi-faceted strengths- and rights-based approaches to young people’s educational, health, economic, and psychosocial needs.
With schools, communities, and ministries of education as partners, we increase access to education and high-quality curricula for in- and out-of-school youth. Our early warning systems identify and support students who are at risk of dropout to stay in school and complete their education, while linking them to social protection and post-abuse services.
We deliver a range of life skills programming that develops essential knowledge to protect youth from abuse, violence, exploitative labor, unsafe migration, and HIV. We also support government health, education, and social welfare systems that help youth access needed services.
We strengthen economic resilience and opportunity by equipping young people with employable and entrepreneurial skills through continuing education, financial literacy, internships, apprenticeships, vocational training, business and income-generating support, and savings, lending, and work-readiness programs.
We partner with families and caregivers, schools, communities, and governments to mitigate socio-economic threats and restrictive norms and traditions so that young people can become healthy and productive adults.