The International Youth Foundation

The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD) is a community of practice and advocacy coalition of leading U.S.- based youth and community development organizations.
The International Youth Foundation

The International Youth Foundation (IYF) prepares young people to be healthy, productive, and engaged citizens. Rather than view youth as ‘problems to be solved,’ IYF recognizes and supports their role as creative problem solvers. IYF engages young people as partners in development, equipping them with the know-how and tools to contribute to their communities. In the past 25 years, IYF has mobilized more than 64 public and private sector donors to invest over US$194 million to maximize the impact and reach of youth development programs. In all, 472 organizations in 101 countries have received grants from IYF aimed at increasing the scale, securing the sustainability, and improving the effectiveness of youth-focused programs. IYF programs are catalysts for change that help youth learn, work and lead. 


Each IYF programs falls within one of the three following focus areas:


Citizenship: IYF prepares youth to fully participate in civic life by supporting youth engagement (i.e., volunteerism, community service, service-learning, civic participation) and empowerment (i.e., leadership, social entrepreneurship, and activism). IYF citizenship programs are guided by the core conviction that young people are a powerful and untapped force to create positive change in their communities and nations. 


Learning: IYF works with public, private, and civil society partners to expand and improve young people’s access to quality and relevant education—from delivering alternative education programs to out-of-school youth to equipping rural schools with new educational technologies. Recognizing the critical role that teachers play in motivating learning, IYF and its partners provide instructors with the best possible training to build young people’s creativity, self-esteem, and vocational skills. 


Work: IYF equips youth with life skills and technical know-how,  while also connecting them to the mentors, internships, and job placement services they need to succeed in the workforce. By training young people to be entrepreneurs and linking them to the necessary capital, IYF also helps young people create jobs for themselves and their peers. IYF collaborates with global institutions across sectors to focus greater attention and resources on combating youth unemployment worldwide.



Peter Shiras, International Youth Foundation
32 South Street | Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410.951.1500