Wherever they’re from, youth between the ages of 12 and 19 face some of the most difficult years in their lives. The challenging physical and social changes these years bring can make youth more vulnerable to negative peer pressure and more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol.

For many youth, the paths they choose during these formative years will set the course of their lives.

How We Help

Children International's Youth Development Programs are designed to give youth positive options and opportunities. We engage youth with social groups and constructive activities that help them successfully navigate the transition into adulthood. Some of these include:

  • Youth Health Corps (YHC): Our unique YHC program educates participants on important health and safety issues and trains them to become peer educators who pass that information along to at least 45-50 other youth each year. In this way, the approximately 2,400 teens who make up the YHC reach well over 100,000 youth each year. Spreading critical information on subjects like reproductive health, sanitation, hygiene and STD and addiction prevention in their communities plays an important role in helping improve the overall health of the children and families who live there.

  • Leadership Training: Group activities and lessons help youth develop effective communication skills and become responsible, assertive and self-confident leaders.

  • Youth Council: All 16 of our democratically-elected Youth Councils receive annual Youth Empowerment Funds of $20,000. The Youth Councils are empowered to spend these funds on community-improvement projects like park and shore restoration programs, the construction of clean-water sources, additional toilets at public health clinics, and more.

  • Youth Reporters: Our newest youth initiative empowers youth by giving them a voice while improving their communication skills and providing opportunities to master the tools and technologies necessary for online reportage.

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More of the Story

Each year, we survey the youth in our programs and analyze the results. The outcome is our annual Youth Report Card. This comprehensive report provides detailed evidence that youth graduating from our program are more capable, confident and ready to improve their lives and communities.

Hear what youth say about our programs: