Life Skills

How We're Making a New Connection to Baltimore Youth

The energy was palpable from the minute I stepped into a classroom at Booker T. Washington Middle School for the Arts in Baltimore’s Madison Park neighborhood.

How to Prepare an Emerging Generation for a New World of Work

A billion young people will enter the job market over the next decade, as the world continues to witness rapid technological change. How do we engage youth and equip them with future-proof skills?

A Youth Development Professional’s Journey in Jordan

Alia in Jordan is passionate about working with young people, including young women, and connecting them to the training that will allow them to succeed.

6 Reasons to Invest in Youth Skills

Youth unemployment affects everyone, everywhere. In the end, skills development benefits us all.

7 Lessons for Working with Orphans & Vulnerable Children

Orphans and vulnerable children have unique needs and challenges overall, and particularly as they strive to continue their education and join the workforce. 

Rethinking Priorities, Reimagining Possibilities: 2015 IYF Annual Report

"Rethinking Priorities, Reimagining Possibilities" examines how we can ensure that the largest youth generation the world has ever known has what it takes to succeed in our rapidly transforming world.

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.

The Science of Life Skills Testing

Educators, researchers, and employers are reaching a consensus that life skills carry undeniable value for young people’s personal and professional success. But can you test for something like time management, teamwork, or self-confidence? Can you do it in as clear-cut a way as you’d ask someone to prove certain cognitive skills by, say, solving a math problem?

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?

EquipYouth Solves Employer’s Hiring Problems

Like their counterparts around the world, one of the main difficulties Peruvian companies report is finding trained staff with technical knowledge and good soft skills. According to Cantol S.A., a metallurgical company that has been producing locks and other security products for more than 40 years, found a solution by hiring graduates of the EquipYouth initiative.