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Causes: Children & Youth, International, International Development, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Iyf is a global ngo that prepares young people to be healthy productive and engaged citizens

Programs: Youth:worklaunched in 2008 and funded by the u. S. Agency for international development (usaid), youth:work brings employment and entrepreneurship programs to young people. Young people gain access to vocational, technical, and life skills training, job-placement services, entrepreneurship training, and support for job creation through start-up and small and medium youth-led enterprises. Among several youth:work projects that have been implemented, zimbabwe: works is a five-year program designed to improve youth employment and civic engagement.

equip youthin 2012, iyf and the caterpillar foundation launched equip youth to address the challenges young people face when entering the labor force or starting their own businesses. The program was implemented over three years and provided 8,500 young people in 12 countries market-relevant life and technical skills training along with internships, on-the-job training and job placement support and services to increase their employability prospects. Capacity building for local partners and trainers, entrepreneurship development, employee engagement, as well as the implementation of strategic monitoring and evaluation systems are also integral components of this global initiative.

other work programs:iyf's work programs improve young people's employability prospects by preparing them for quality jobs or helping them to succeed as entrepreneurs. Iyf equips youth with life skills and technical know-how, while connecting them to the mentors, internships and job placement services they need to succeed in the job market. We also help youth employ themselves and create new jobs by training them to be entrepreneurs and linking them to the capital needed to start new businesses.

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