Positive youth development (PYD) in action—stories about the application and impact of a holistic, youth centered approach—is the embodiment of this issue. This is what YouthPower is all about: expanding the evidence base for what works in positive youth development and applying improved approaches across programs and sectors. We hope that these stories inspire you and that these resources support your work with young people and their families, communities, and governments so that youth can reach their full potential.

We encourage you to think ahead to March, which offers opportunities to raise awareness on key issues important to the lives of young people, such as HIV/AIDS stigma on Zero Discrimination Day (March 1) and challenges for young women on International Women's Day (March 8). YouthPower.org has added new resources and events that can help your work creating an AIDS-free generation, promoting gender equity, and ending stigma and gender-based violence. 
Lastly, stay tuned for a special announcement in March as we launch a new prize competition to recognize innovations that advance young women’s economic empowerment.

-YouthPower Learning Team


February 7, 2018: Deadline for submission: RFP 401-05-01 YouthPower Learning Website Development
February 8, 2018: YouthPower Learning Gender and Positive Youth Development Community of Practice Meeting and Webinar 
February 13, 2018: Webinar: "Mining Youth Data for Actionable Insights: The 2017 Global Youth Wellbeing Index"
February 14–16, 2018: 2018 Winter Youth Assembly: Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World
February 28, 2018: Call for papers: Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health in Central African Region
March 1, 2018: Zero Discrimination Day (see 2017 campaign)
March 8, 2018: International Women's Day
March 15, 2018: Deadline for session proposal submissions for AEA's Evaluation 2018
Stay tuned for YouthPower Learning Prize activity in March!


Mitra Kunci provides Indonesian youth with valuable training and experience" 


Mitra Kunci is building assets for youth in Indonesia through internships, work experience and training in data collection and facilitation. Poor and vulnerable young people, including disabled youth, are learning valuable research and professional skills. Catch up with news from Mitra Kunci: "Mitra Kunci provides Indonesian youth with valuable training and experience.

​Caribbean youth harness power of geo-mapping

YPBank, nail salon, veterinary clinic, police station, hardware store, soup kitchen: a team of young people walk through the streets of Soufrière, Saint Lucia, collecting information on the town’s landmarks and assets and building up a map of their community.

What are these young people doing on behalf of the Community, Family and Youth Resilience program? They are learning important work and life skills while they conduct an asset mapping exercise for their community. How will this data, entered into Open Street Map, help Soufrière reduce crime and violence and increase opportunities for highly vulnerable youth? Read more

Youth-targeted, market-driven vocational training with Empleando Futuros

YPEmpleando Futuros is using a Participatory Occupational Analysis methodology to develop youth-targeted, market-driven vocational training curricula. Starting with a two-day workshop, co-led by the National Institute of Professional Training (INFOP), practitioners, supervisors, and human resource leaders representing the targeted positions identify the key knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for entry-level staff. INFOP then develops a certified training curriculum based on this market-driven guidance. 
Taking a different approach to develop a training curriculum for restaurant operators, Empleando Futuros joined with Grupo INTUR, Honduras’ largest fast-food, casual dining and convenience store operator with over 200 years of practical experience. The curriculum included input from young employees with similar profiles as project beneficiaries.

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Photo​Aprendo y Emprendo training prepares youth for success on Nicaraguan islands

Shiera Richarson (left) graduated from the Aprendo y Emprendo professional certification program in the tourism sector, which teaches key job and soft skills, including positive customer service, collaboration and quality management. 

“I have learned to make decisions for myself, to solve situations myself and to discover that there are things that I can solve without bringing the issue to management,” she says. “In the future, I see myself as a hotel manager in Corn Island.” Read more


YouthPower Learning Resources

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL)

Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance

Economic Growth, Education, and Environment



Find more resources and events at YouthPower.org.



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