Mercy Corps partners with young people (10-24 yrs) to build stronger, more peaceful and productive communities. We believe that if young people learn relevant knowledge and skills, and engage socially, peacefullly and economically, then they will be able to lead secure and productive lives.
Our world is currently home to nearly 1.8 billion young people 10-24 years old, more than any other time in human history. The vast majority of them – nine out of ten – live in less developed countries where economic, civic and social opportunities are insufficient to address the diverse needs of transitioning to adulthood. Others are facing this transition while living in prolonged humanitarian crisis that presents significant challenges to their safety and well-being in the form of forced migration, recruitment, and crime, and early marriage and pregnancy for adolescent girls. These circumstances impede young people’s ability to contribute to their country’s growth and stability. They demand our attention, support and action, as their life choices will fundamentally influence the chances for stability and productivity in the world’s most challenging places.
Global peace and prosperity will be determined by how well young people are 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 capacities 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 young people rise to the challenge of making a successful transition to adulthood, take a look at the following information:
All stories about Adolescents and Youth
Young People in the Global Compact on Refugees
Mercy Corps provides recommendations for key practices to protect young refugees.
Mali: “We Hope and We Fight”: Youth, Communities, and Violence in Mali
This research informs a set of actionable recommendations for policymakers, donors, and civil society organizations for increasing the likelihood of the peace process’s success through investments aimed at preventing youth participation in violence in both the short and long terms.
Engaging Young People in Governance
Mercy Corps' new report outlining our approach to increasing youth participation in community decision-making and governance processes.
Young People & Agriculture: Strategic Priorities for Impact
Mercy Corps sees three key areas of strategic importance when it comes to engaging young people in agriculture.
Nigeria: Integrated Protection Approach In Nigeria
Mercy Corps Nigeria's Integrated Protection Approach, highlights the concept that issues of safety, dignity, and inclusion crosscut many of the challenges that Nigerians face in their daily lives.
Mongolia: Strategic Resilience Assessment in Mongolia
Mercy Corps applied the Strategic Resilience Assessment process (STRESS), focusing on Mongolia’s herding communities and rapidly urbanizing areas with the goal of developing a long-term strategy for supporting sustained, inclusive growth in Mongolia using a resilience approach.
Liberia: Growing a Future: Liberian Youth Reflect on Agriculture Livelihoods
New research investigates the role youth play in Liberia's agricultural development, and provides insights on how to better engage youth in agriculture programs, from production to plate.
Jordan, Syria: Advancing Adolescents: Evidence on the Impact of Psychosocial Support for Syrian Refugee and Jordanian Adolescents
Mercy Corps undertook a rigorous impact evaluation to fill an evidence gap. Findings point to the efficacy of holistic, science-based psychosocial support interventions in complex emergency settings.
Somalia: Critical Choices: Assessing the Effects of Education and Civic Engagement on Somali Youths' Propensity Towards Violence
Mercy Corps undertook a rigorous impact evaluation to fill a knowledge gap and look at what works to reduce violence.
Nigeria: Motivations and Empty Promises: Voices of Former Boko Haram Combatants and Nigerian Youth
New Mercy Corps research investigates key motives for youth to join Boko Haram.