fighting poverty by graduating employable youth

Living in poverty, opportunities and adequate employment can be hard to come by. Many youth don’t have the basic skills needed to find work, like résumé writing, interview prep or even understanding where to find a job. With a loss of hope and direction, unemployed youth often turn to gang affiliation or drugs, continuing a life of poverty that has lasted for generations. When you make a gift to our employment programs, you’re helping youth in our communities develop interview-ready skills to help them connect to local employers and pave the way to a future filled with opportunities they never thought possible.


Programs tailored to fit the need

Around the world, every community has distinct needs and suffers from its own set of obstacles. In Mexico, the saturated job market makes it difficult for uneducated adults to find stable employment. While in Zambia, one of the most marginalized places on Earth, poverty is so widespread that unemployment is a generational problem with lasting deficits. Our in-country teams assess the conditions in every country we serve and coordinate with local employers to deliver the insight, education, skills and opportunities most needed in each community’s job market.

Join us

The demand for Into Employment grows every day. Your gift will provide scholarships to more youth — getting them off the waiting list and on the path to independence and financial stability. Join us and, together, we can change a generation.

How will your support help?

Children enrolled in our program have access to the right mix of resources, based on location, age and life circumstances. Through sponsorship’s foundational programming, children and youth gain the skills and confidence they need to create promising futures. The last step on a young person’s path out of poverty is employability training that equips them with the knowledge they need for sustainable employment and financial stability.

Learn more about Into Employment

    Here are some of the ways we work to enable employment:

    technical training

    Career readiness


    Life skills

    Job placement


    Technical training

    Scholarships for college or vocational education to prepare a young person for the local job market.

    Career readiness

    Individual support from staff to help create résumés, practice interviewing, search for jobs and connect with employers.

    Life skills

    Youth become confident, strong communicators and value-driven team players — skills that truly set them apart in the workplace.

    Job placement

    We help place our youth in jobs with local companies and provide guidance as they begin their new careers.


    Training on business fundamentals for youth who are interested in launching and operating small-scale ventures.

    Did you know?

    Through Children International’s foundational programming, children in poverty become healthy, confident and educated young adults. And Into Employment is a proven solution that focuses on the key element needed to solve the global poverty crisis: skills and training to enter the job market and gain sustainable employment.

    Learn more about what Into Employment provides

    Children International works in areas of dense poverty. Our children and youth are among the most vulnerable due to devastating physical, emotional and financial challenges. The global pandemic escalated the conditions within these communities, and since stable employment is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, the need for Into Employment is greater than ever.

    Employment is the key






    93% of youth complete our programs.

    As high as 86% find employment within 6 months.

    71% of participants are young women.

    Employment often triples families’ incomes.

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