Mercy Corps helps young people develop market-driven capabilities and access opportunities in order to secure income and develop a sense of Responsibility, Identity, Creativity and Hope (become RICH). Ultimately, our goal is to see young people transition into global citizens who are responsible for and capable of building secure, productive and just communities at home and around the world.
Today, half the world's population is under 25 – the largest proportion of young people ever recorded. 80% live in developing countries where economic, civic and social opportunities are insufficient to address the diverse needs of transition to adulthood. The International Labor Organization (ILO) predicts that in the 2009-2015 period, around 300 million new jobs will have to be created just to absorb the growth in the labor force . Global peace and prosperity will be determined by how well this youth bulge is integrated into both the labor force and social fabric. Because employment alone cannot absorb such a surge in labor supply, youth energy must be channeled towards other productive activities in their community. Our greatest challenge today is to provide young people with the capabilities and opportunities they need to drive and sustain development. Fortunately, young people are hungry to make a difference and represent an extraordinary window of opportunity to propel profound change in the world.
To learn how we help youth rise to the challenges of the modern world, take a look at the following information:
All stories about Youth Development
Civic Engagement of Youth in the Middle East and North Africa February 24, 2012
In the wake of the Arab Awakening, Mercy Corps and other agencies are grappling with the question: How can the recent surge of self-assertion and of political activism by Arab youth be harnessed to
India: Youth Entrepreneurship in Kashmir: Challenges and Opportunities October 11, 2011
The attached document was produced by Mercy Corps Kashmir in July 2011 and is part of the Start-Up Kashmir Youth Entrepreneurship project in Kashmir (SKYE program).
Japan: Comfort for Kids Japan materials September 15, 2011
Comfort For Kids helps mitigate the psychological and social impacts children experience after disasters.
Youth and Conflict Best Practices February 18, 2011
Mercy Corps believes youth are a force for positive change — the generation that can help transition their countries into productive and secure nations.
West Bank and Gaza: Comfort for Kids — Gaza Youth Support Materials October 13, 2009
Mercy Corps West Bank and Gaza is proud to announce the publication of three Comfort for Kids (C4K) resources: a new children's workbook for children who experienced the Gaza War, and two pamphlets
Youth Development Sector Approach September 9, 2009
Implementing Our Approach
Youth Transformation Framework April 6, 2009
Mercy Corps empowers young people by building their capabilities and creating access to opportunities for engagement.