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.
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.
Mali: Why are Mali’s youth taking up arms?
Our new report on Mali reveals that efforts to discourage youth from turning to violence must engage entire communities, and go beyond just focusing on young people themselves.
Somalia: Breaking the cycle of violence for Somalia’s youth
How do we make Somali youth less likely to engage in violence? A new Mercy Corps report says that education isn’t enough — they need engagement, too.
Syria: Tell Congress: Support humanitarian and development aid for Iraq
Sign our petition and tell Congress that we must support humanitarian assistance for families in Iraq as they work to rebuild their lives and communities.
Niger: Girl, Uninterrupted: How Dahara built a future by saying no to child marriage
Niger is one of the world's toughest places to be a girl — here, early marriage stops the majority of girls from finishing school and reaching their full potential. Find out how Dahara is bucking tradition and building a life on her own terms.
The first 1,000 days: No time for malnutrition
The first 1,000 days of a child's life, when development is happening more quickly than it ever will, is the most harmful time for them to be malnourished. Learn about the causes and effects of this devastating condition.
Lebanon, Syria: In Lebanon, one Syrian boy forced to grow up fast
Where school is out of reach, many Syrian refugees start work young, to learn a trade and help make ends meet for their families. We meet Hammoudi, a young teen in Lebanon, who dreams of returning to school.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The stolen childhoods of refugee youth
Faced with life away from home, little access to school and destitute futures, many Syrian refugee teens are being forced into adulthood at an early age. We're trying to help them regain some of what they've lost.
A brighter future starts with an education
Learn more about the many ways that you’re helping Mercy Corps keep kids in school and transform communities around the world. With an education, a brighter future awaits.
Lebanon, Syria: One mother to another, Syrian refugees learn to cope
Parenting is never easy, but it's even more challenging when you are a refugee. That's why we are connecting refugee mothers in Lebanon with an expert on their situation: A Syrian refugee who can offer real-life advice.