“I had to drop out of secondary school because my aunt, my guardian, could not afford to educate me,” began Joseph Kinyanjui. “I hoped one day I would operate a big machine.” This 22-year-old graduate of the Sport for Kenyan Youth Employment initiative addressed an audience of project partners and construction firms, describing his initial idleness and current success.
Youth is a time for learning, studying, beginning work, and hopefully launching a career—but we know that too often there are roadblocks to success. So, what are the world's 3.72 billion young people doing? Where are the opportunities for the youth development community to mobilize in their support?
Young people are at the heart of IYF initiatives, a point made powerfully clear during a recent visit to Zimbabwe by IYF President and CEO Bill Reese. It was my first time meeting Bill, who, despite a packed itinerary, placed a priority on meeting and interacting with youth who have benefited from IYF’s work here.
Twenty-year-old Yusra al-Juneidi grew up in the village of Wad al-Jouz in Jerusalem. A graduate of the hotel management program at al-Tireh Institute, a vocational training institute in Ramallah, Palestine, Yusra had trouble finding a job after graduation. That is, until she participated in...