Job Placement

Black Brilliance: Why Investing in HBCUs Is the Smart (and Right) Thing to Do

Last year was filled with organizations—from multinational corporations to small businesses—making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) commitments after growing calls for racial justice focused not just on our systems of government, but our socioeconomic systems as well.

In a moment of...

The Next Normal: Youth Opportunity Ambassadors Reflect on Job Skills & Challenges

It’s no secret that the past year has been filled with unprecedented workplace challenges, as COVID-19 has caused employers and employees across a variety of industries to adapt to new circumstances. For young people who are recently entering the workforce, however, adjusting to new...

New Via Program Website Shares Insights and Provides Valuable Resources for Impact

For IYF and partner Mastercard Foundation, learning has always been a critical aspect of the Via: Pathways to Work program. Recently, the program team launched a new website to share...

Building Skills, Confidence, and Community in Washington, DC

Meet IYF partner Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC, and learn about the work they love and the young people who inspire them.

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?