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.
Jordan: We worked with adolescent girls to design their own reproductive health sessions. Here's what they taught us.
Refugee girls in Zaatari camp told us that they primarily learned about their bodies from older girls. So we let them take the lead.
Nigeria: How to hack hate speech in Nigeria
At a Hate Speech Hackathon sponsored by Mercy Corps, young Nigerians came together to combat hate with code.
Jordan, Syria: "Treat them as they are": How a safe space helped a young refugee blossom
Young refugees like Amani are often forced to grow up too fast, faced with adult decisions and traumatic circumstances. Read more about how we're helping her gain life skills and more in her refugee camp.
How we work: Young people
There are more young people in the world today than in any other time in history. That's why we're here to invest in their futures. Watch the video to learn more.
How young people in the Middle East are using technology to share their voices
Using technology is one way that young people in the Middle East feel empowered to share their perspectives and their stories. Our report from the No Lost Generation Tech Summit highlights a few of their contributions.
Jordan, Syria: The dream Bashar carries
Bashar is a 21-year-old Syrian refugee who works 70 hours a week to support his family. But he hasn't given up on his dream for a better life.
Guatemala: In Guatemala City, choice changes everything
Drugs, violence and poverty are rife in Guatemala City, leaving many young people feeling they don't have the power to change their circumstances. We're showing them otherwise.
Expanding psychosocial support for conflict-hit youth builds pathways in Middle East
The Positive Pathways conference in Jordan focused on the risks and opportunities facing children and youth of the Middle East and presented a number of innovative ways humanitarian workers can support their emotional well-being.
7 ways you changed the world in 2017
Your compassion and generosity helped us transform nearly 22 million lives this past year. Here are just a few of the ways you made the world a better place in 2017.
Jordan, Syria: 7 ways you're helping Syrian refugees build better lives
Because of caring people like you, our response to the Syrian refugee crisis has kept growing — and now, there are so many ways we are working together to help Syrian refugee families.