Job Placement

Your Zip Code Shouldn't Determine Your Destiny, in Chicago or Anywhere

"We want to be that connected neighbor who helps qualified candidates get the jobs they want by making the introduction, advocating for them, and getting their resume to the top of the pile."

How Treating Young Participants Like Family Can Break Down Barriers and Create Opportunities

Learn how one organization's personal approach to programming creates opportunity for young people in Chicago. 

The Future of Youth Education in Post-Conflict Colombia

Sergio Fajardo Valderrama, former Mayor of Medellín, discusses the challenges and opportunities surrounding youth development in Colombia. 

How to Get Industrial Sector Employers to Hire More Women

To close the gender wage gap and promote women’s economic mobility, women need increased access to traditionally male-dominated jobs.

Connecting Employers & Young Job Seekers in Algeria

“Perseverance is the key to job success,” says Maya, a professional matchmaker of sorts who connects young Algerian job seekers to businesses seeking qualified entry-level employees.

Soft Skills, Hard Work, and Cake

A few months ago, when IYF’s job placement team in Morocco secured a position for the 900th young person, they celebrated with a cake, a small Alice in Wonderland-style gâteau with the number 900 written on the top. Then, two weeks later, they found jobs for another 100 young people. So, what to do—buy another cake?

Fixing a Skills Gap in the Aerospace Industry in Mexico

If you build an aircraft maintenance workforce, will investment for a maintenance facility come? If you're in Chihuahua, Mexico, the answer looks to be yes, thanks to years of planning.

A Step-by-Step Journey to Employment in Palestine

For the 44 percent of Palestine’s youth who are unemployed, finding their place in the job market requires persistence, flexibility, networks, and the right mix of skills and experience, as 22-year-old Omar Abu Arra came to find out.

Why the World Needs More Career Guidance

Too few young people are getting help answering the question: “What should I do with my life?” Drawing on 25 years of experience, IYF has developed a range of career guidance tools and resources to support youth in finding the answer.

A Young Woman & Her Hometown Triumph Together

In many ways, 21-year-old Miriam and her hometown of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, are finding their footing together after challenging setbacks. While the embattled city has contended with gang violence, unemployment, and drug trafficking in recent years, conditions are...