Life Skills

Alternative Schools: Equipping Young People to Unlock Their Potential in Puerto Rico

Rossana G. Emmanuelli, PTS facilitator at National Talent Academy in Bayamon, delivers a PTS lesson on preparing resumes and writing cover letters.

Puerto Rico, my place of birth, is known for its colorful streets, rich traditions, natural wonders, flavorful food, and rhythmic...

Meet the Fall YO Ambassadors and YO Global Youth Council

What do a high school senior from Nevada, a McDonald’s Guest Experience Leader from Jordan, and a recently graduated business student from Singapore have in common? They’re hard-working young people who are part of the most recent cohort of the Youth Opportunity initiative.

Since 2018,...

How Skills Training in Zimbabwe Creates Economic Opportunity and Inspires Hope

Blessing Ncube, a sixteen-year-old Pathways participant from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

In Zimbabwe, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on the general wellbeing of communities. Apart from the immediate impact on health,...

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...

Say Hello to Concierge: A New Course Preparing Young People for a Future in Hospitality

On International Youth Day 2021, IYF is excited to announce the launch of Passport to Success Concierge (PTS-C)—a brand new, free, online version of our award-winning life skills training course that’s designed...

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...

The Big Re-Think: Putting Youth Engagement at the Center of Digital Development

Over the past two years, IYF has transformed its in-person life skills curriculum into a multilingual, digital game-based work readiness course designed to be used by young people on their mobile phones. We call it Passport to...

What the Insurrection Says About Why Investing in Young People Has Never Been More Critical

Last night’s insurrection in our nation’s capital was shocking, though sadly not surprising as there were warning signs for years. Democracy is the grand American experiment, and yesterday its leaders and institutions were tested like never before. Indelible damage was done but just before 4am,...

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...