As young people mature, the decisions they make have an enormous impact on their families, their communities and our world. But growing up surrounded by poverty, war or in the aftermath of disaster increases their risks and limits their choices.
That's why giving children and youth the right support at this most critical time is essential to building tomorrow’s strong, productive communities.
When disaster strikes, young children are especially vulnerable to developing emotional and social problems that can jeopardize their futures. Mercy Corps worked with experts to design our signature Comfort for Kids program that helps children process their trauma and recover through play, sports and art activities. See our expert's recommendations for how parents and caregivers can help children through times of crisis ▸
For adolescents faced with violence, early marriage and interruptions to schooling, we provide opportunities for community involvement, vocational training and life skills development. Our goal is to empower youth in the toughest places to make smart life choices and invest their energy in developing solutions to their countries’ biggest challenges.
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Iraq, Libya: Recognizing the power and potential of youth
The last few weeks of resolve, resistance and peaceful revolution in Egypt have reminded the world of the power of people — and especially youth. Mercy Corps has long recognized the potential of young people to be catalysts for positive change, especially in the Middle East.
Egypt: Tour of a revolution
I arrived in Cairo just before dusk yesterday. First appearances indicated a fairly normal situation.
Haiti: Messages of hope for Haiti
Nine years ago I had the fortune of meeting Dr. Jane Goodall while I was working at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Like many young people, I was filled with passion and hungry for experience, but I struggled to find opportunities to engage in meaningful work. As I told Dr.
Jordan: Aspiring young global citizens in Jordan
One of the best aspects of my job is that I get the chance to hang out with youth in a number of different countries. Yesterday was one of those opportunities, and, as always, I left the gathering feeling energized and inspired.
Iraq: Epilogue: What is peace?
Sometimes, along the way, the story changes. That’s what happened to me over the course of two weeks in northern Iraq.
Iraq: A soft spot in a tough place
Kirkuk, Iraq is a hard place — but, in the middle of it all, there’s a soft spot for children.
Egypt: The leaders of now
I wish that I were in Tahrir Square right now. After working in the Middle East for the past five years, I’d like to see and feel this historic moment myself. Our friend Nick Kristof of the New York Times is there.
Iraq: VIDEO: A song, laughter and clapping
A school isn't only a place of learning for a child, it's a place of security. It's a place to be among trusted friends and caring adults.
New ideas and energy flow between Chile and Haiti and beyond
We’ve just been cc’d into an email to Mercy Corps headquarters from Kyle Dietrich, director of youth programs for Mercy Corps in Haiti. “This has been a tremendous and unexpected week,” writes Kyle. “Maxene and I have lots of ideas and a new energy for our challenging work.”
Ethiopia: Helping Ethiopian mothers protect their children
It is astonishing to know that very simple solutions exist that will protect our youngest citizens against diseases, yet so few children have access to this basic health care in countries where it is most needed.