(Re)Connecting Youth seeks to achieve three goals:
- Learn from global innovations and proven practices to enhance U.S. stakeholders’ ability to improve connectedness and resilience among adolescents and young adults
- Identify practitioners, policymakers, and funders who are receptive to and could benefit from global learning experiences and provide them with opportunities for dialogue and exchange to encourage the incorporation of more holistic and effective approaches to positive youth development
- Implement and learn from approaches to successfully facilitate cross-country learning exchange, so that global ideas can inform approaches within the U.S.
For more than 25 years, the International Youth Foundation’s sole focus has been to help young people succeed by preparing them with the necessary leadership, technical, and life skills to lead healthy and productive lives. With more than 600 million youth disconnected from education and employment globally, and 4.9 million of them located in the U.S., IYF believes there is much to be learned from sharing lessons and experiences across national boundaries.