Plan International USA

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.
Plan International USA

Plan International works in more than 51 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and youth by developing long-term sustainable solutions. Founded in 1937, Plan’s vision is of a world in which all young people realize their full potential in societies that respect people's rights and dignity. Plan strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of vulnerable children and youth by:

  • Enabling children, youth, their families, and their communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies
  • Fostering relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries
  • Promoting the rights and interests of the world’s children and youth  

Plan’s strategy emphasizes community engagement and ownership as a means to address the needs of children and youth around the world and implements community-based development programs focusing on eight technical areas: Education, Economic Security (including Youth Economic Empowerment and Engagement), Water and Sanitation, Health, Sexual Health (including HIV), Emergencies, Protection, and Child Participation. Plan believes that young people have the power to make positive change, and that youth have an important role to play in addressing the world’s most pressing issues. 

At Plan International USA, the International Programs team manages Plan’s implementation of child-centered community development programs across 51 resource-challenged countries from various donors, including individuals, corporations, foundations, and bi-lateral and multi-lateral institutions.  Plan International USA’s expertise is primarily concentrated in four content areas: 1) Water, Sanitation, & Health; 2) Youth & Economic Empowerment; 3) Leadership, Capacity Building, Education, & Protection; and 4) Resilience. Child and youth-specific strategies and approaches are integrated into each of these content areas. Throughout Plan’s work, gender transformative programming stands as a core component, supporting girls’ equality and active participation in the development process. The US office also engages in the wider international development community through interagency networks, thematic working groups, and policy and advocacy initiatives.

In addition, Plan International USA engages youth at an individual level through its youth engagement programming, which involves a network of youth taking action on global issues.  Plan's mission is to build a global, youth-led grassroots movement to help end the cycle of poverty for children and communities.  Youth engage through group meetings, school curriculum development, and advocacy reinforcing Plan’s global community development work. Plan is committed to working with diverse groups of young people who challenge and influence Plan’s decision-making and hold Plan accountable. Youth Advisory Panels are groups of young people working as volunteers for 23 of Plan’s offices around the world, to provide a youth perspective to Plan’s work. Plan also has a Global Youth Advisory Panel (GYAP) with youth come from eight countries that advises the global organization. Within the United States, programs include educational outreach initiatives, organized workshops, and other special events and activities for youth participation, designed to help young people develop an understanding of the challenges faced by youth in the developing world. Plan International USA also has a full voting youth member on the organization’s Board of Directors.



Sarka Sengezener, Senior Director- Youth & Economic Empowerment
1255 23rd Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037 Phone: (202) 617-2261