International Youth Foundation



The International Youth Foundation prepares young people to be healthy, productive, and engaged citizens. We are passionate in our belief that educated, employed, and engaged young people possess the power to solve the world's toughest problems. Every young person, therefore, deserves the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. Our programs are catalysts for change that help youth learn, work, and lead.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Around the world more than 1 billion young people, ages 15-24, make up the largest youth population in history. This disproportionally high number of young people faces many challenges. Far too many lack basic human needs such as food and shelter, while an enormous proportion do not possess the skills necessary to stay in school, obtain and keep a rewarding job, and become positively engaged in their community.

How will this project solve this problem?

The International Youth Foundation is mobilizing a global community of businesses, governments, and civil society organizations to address the array of challenges facing young people. IYF develops creative solutions, such as using technology to improve the quality of education, and designing demand-driven programs that teach youth marketable skills that employers are seeking. IYF helps young people successfully transition into adulthood.

Potential Long Term Impact

In 2011, IYF helped nearly 1 million youth in 68 countries learn, work, and lead. It achieves this impact through a diverse portfolio of projects, including: Passport to Success - a life skills program that has reached more than 61,500 young people in 15 countries; YouthActionNet - a leadership and mentorship program that has impacted over 600 social entrepreneurs from 71 countries; and entra21 - a livelihoods training program that has trained 136,000 youth in 22 Latin American countries.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $2,682
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $97,318
Total Funding Goal: $100,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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International Youth Foundation

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Project Leader

Lindsay Vignoles

Director, Corporate Programs
Baltimore, MD United States

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