Empowered youth are creating change


Making choices. Setting goals. Speaking out.

These are just a few examples of the skills sponsored youth are learning in our empowerment programs. Through activities like sports, journalism and music, they’re developing the confidence they need to build a better future for themselves and their communities.

According to research from World Bank, there are strong links between self-belief, or empowerment, and the ability to move out of poverty and not fall back in.

That’s why Children International has a robust array of programs that are designed to help sponsored children and youth develop the life skills needed to create change, along with helping them learn the importance of giving back to their community.

With a broad topic like empowerment, we focus on two key categories to measure success:

  • Life skills: Self-awareness, critical thinking and effective communication skills.
  • Social responsibilty: Social skills like empathy, conflict resolution and valuing teamwork.


Today’s generation of youth is the largest in history, with 24% of the world’s population between 10-24 years old.

During this critical time, when young minds are quickly developing, a variety of approaches is required to make the most impact. See how our programs engage with children and youth in a way that teaches them valuable lessons about themselves and each other.

Empower youth skills

Young people with access to these programs benefit in all kinds of ways – from earning more as adults to being less likely to get involved in risky behaviors like violence and substance abuse.

Your donation to our empowerment programs will help equip children and youth with tools they need to become agents of change in their own lives and the lives of others.


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