The International Youth Foundation (IYF) invests in the extraordinary potential of young people. Founded in 1990, IYF builds and maintains a worldwide community of businesses, governments, and civil-society organizations committed to empowering youth to be healthy, productive, and engaged citizens. IYF programs are catalysts of change that help young people obtain a quality education, gain employability skills, make healthy choices, and improve their communities. IYF currently works with a multitude of donors in over 70 countries. The following are highlights of our programming from the past couple of months.
Launched in 2011, Hilton Worldwide is funding a 3 year initiative to provide economic opportunities to youth in communities across the globe. Together, IYF and Hilton will lead several efforts aimed at helping youth achieve stability by delivering basic needs, and to discover hope through education, life skills training, and employment. The hospitality industry is a significant employer in the world, accounting for roughly one tenth of global employment –with youth making up the majority of the industry’s labor force. Launch at the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Hilton Worldwide released a white paper commissioned by IYF highlighting the critical role the hospitality industry plays in creating opportunities for young people. The paper identifies barriers for youth and a call to action for how industry leaders can open their doors to young people. The full paper can be read here.
A three-year $3 million Youth: Work Leader with Associates Initiative, Youth: Work Mexico helps to build resilient communities in Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana by creating safe spaces for disadvantaged young people, strengthening and expanding after school and summer programs, integrating life skills programming and preparing youth for viable futures through technical training, jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities. The project aims to benefit 7,000 young people with safe space and life skills programs and at least 500 young people will participate in the new employability strategy. In January, IYF conducted employability training with 146 youth. The program started April 5, 2010, and is scheduled to be completed as of June 3, 2013.
Launched in 2001, Youth Action Net® (YAN) strengthens, supports, and celebrates the role of young people in leading positive change in their communities. Building on the success of its global program, YAN has taken root at the national level. Local programs select youth leaders to participate in intensive training that can include a 10-12 month fellowship, small grants, networking and advocacy opportunities, and technical support. Additionally, through its website and social media outreach, YAN provides young leaders around the globe with a virtual platform, through which they gain access to resources, strengthen their skills, expand networks, and advocate for their causes. Current donors include: Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, Starbucks, King Abdullah II Fund for Development, and Foundation for Young Australians. Total 2011 funding: $1.7M (approx.) As of January 2013, program design work for a Francophone Africa Institute was underway. YouthActionNet’s work in Africa through the Francophone, Anglophone and Senegal programs was announced at the Ideas4Work conference in Dakar in late January.
These are just a few highlights from the past month. For more information on all of IYF's programming please visit www.iyfnet.org. Also, please subscribe to the IYF newsletter, like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/iyfnet) and follow us on Twitter (@iyftweets) to stay updated on the latest IYF happenings.