About YouthPower
Empowering young people to become agents of their own development
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We at YouthPower believe that young people are at the heart of solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. That’s why we’re dedicated to strengthening systems in communities to achieve sustainable outcomes in health, education, and political and economic empowerment. By helping young people pursue their aspirations, we empower them to contribute to, and benefit from, the creation of more peaceful and prosperous communities.



Empowering young people to realize their dreams

YouthPower Learning publishes a newsletter six times a year to provide updates on all YouthPower-related projects and more. 

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You can also join one of  four active Communities of Practice managed by YouthPower Learning: Youth EngagementGender and Positive Youth DevelopmentYouth in Peace and Security and Cross-Sectoral Skills for Youth.

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Promoting positive youth development (PYD)

YouthPower promotes a shared understanding of positive youth development (PYD) whereby young people are empowered to reach their full potential. PYD transitions away from problem-focused responses to youth crises, to proactively building skills, fostering healthy relationships, transforming systems, and making youth an active partner in development efforts. 

Smiling Girl, Photo by Making Cents

Advancing youth development

YouthPower improves the ability of youth-led and youth-serving institutions to design, implement, and assess the programs and policies that impact young people. Using lessons from our own research and knowledge sharing, we support the scale-up of sustainable youth programs, within and across multiple sectors. We do this to equip young people to actively engage in the development of their communitiess.

A father in the Philippines teaches his son the basics of pottery. © 2012 Kai, Courtesy of Photoshare

Creating a learning network

YouthPower’s Learning Network connects youth-serving initiatives, community-based organizations, international donors, academics, and government entities engaged in improving the knowledge, skills, practices, and partnerships around positive youth development. Together we are united in our aim to support the transition of young people into healthy, productive adults. 

Access the resources from the recent Annual YouthPower Learning Network meeting.

Photo by Making Cents

Providing evidence, evaluation, and technical guidance

YouthPower conducts research, evaluates innovative youth programs, and disseminates information to expand the knowledge base on what does - and does not - work in youth development. By compiling and sharing resources that take an evidence-based approach, we provide practitioners and researchers with the necessary tools to continuously improve the effectiveness of youth development practices. 


Youth in Liberia. Photo by Making Cents