Creative Associates International

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.
Creative Associates International

Creative seeks to empower and support young people worldwide to achieve their potential and to be positive change agents in society. Our programs support young people in navigating multiple pathways for the successful transition to adulthood so that they become healthy, empathetic, economically self-sufficient and contributing members of their communities.


Positive Youth Development Approach - Creative provides at-risk youth living in crisis and in fragile transitional environments with opportunities to build and strengthen their assets.  Our holistic approach integrates lifelong learning through school-based and out-of school programs that build demand-driven capabilities and affords youth meaningful opportunities for quality employment, civic participation and healthy lives.  With expertise in reintegration, education and political transitions we provide the most marginalized and disadvantaged youth with essential support to realize their potential, regain hope and build prosperous futures for themselves and their communities.  


Our initiatives put youth at the forefront by:


  • Recognizing youth voices and promoting youth participation 
  • Investing in youths’ assets and resilience
  • Connecting youth with mentors, families, and communities
  • Creating second chances
  • Promoting gender equality
  • Embracing youth innovation and enhancing access to technology
  • Applying rigorous participatory monitoring and evaluation
  • Building multi-stakeholder partnerships


Youth at Risk: Creative has been a recognized leader in providing innovative programs for youth-at-risk and those in need of rehabilitation.  Creative has focused on providing viable life alternatives for at-risk youth in conflict-affected environments and in areas impacted by violent crime. The firm has designed innovative approaches to help former gang members and other at-risk young people improve their potential for jobs through accelerated learning, vocational training, internships and job placement activities. In Latin America, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, Creative has formed public-private partnerships with business executives and companies to offer youth sustainable alternatives to gang life. Other efforts involve assisting communities in finding solutions through the creation of Outreach Centers to provide needed services and resources to marginalized youth, and to advocate for more effective prevention policies. Creative's youth-at-risk initiatives provide second chances that have enabled thousands of young people around the world to turn their lives around and become responsible contributors to their communities.


Youth Assessments: Creative also conducts assessments for USAID and other international donors on issues such as youth reintegration, the effectiveness of various assistance programs, and evaluations of lessons learned.  We have led such assessments in countries including Burundi, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Macedonia, and the Philippines.  


Video Links

Moviemiento de Jóvenes Contra La Violencia

Jovenes Contra La Violencia/Youth Against Violence

Si Podemos Sampedranos

Outreach Centers for My Neighborhood

Central America and Mexico/Regional Youth Alliance USAID-SICA



Madgalena Fulton, Senior Associate Youth in Development
5301 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 700 | Washington, DC 20015
Phone: +1 202.966.5804