Youth Empowerment

Supporting Our Future Leaders

We believe that addressing the diverse needs of youth and adolescents is critical to our mission to end poverty and promote equality. 

Marie-Goreth Is on a Mission

This ambitious 18-year-old has never been to school, but she has a lot to teach. 

One person. One gift. One world without poverty.

See how one gift can change a girl’s life and the lives of those around her. 

Meet Senna

In a gritty mountain village in the Peru's Puno province, Senna, 14, attends a high school supported by CARE. She shares her story in Girl Rising, a film by 10x10.

Help Her Learn

Every girl has the potential to change her world. You have the power to help her.

We Create Leaders

Adolescence is a significant transition period and a unique window of opportunity to shape the healthy and successful development of future generations.

And with more than 1.8 billion young people in the world today – 90 percent of whom live in developing countries – addressing the diverse needs of youth and adolescents is critical to ending poverty and promoting equality.

To help youth grow into healthy, productive adults and citizens, CARE employs a rights-based and comprehensive approach that considers all the inputs a young person needs throughout their life. Our decades of experience with youth programming spans from girls’ education to health to economic development and more. We address the specific and diverse needs of young people, ensuring they have access to the information, resources and support they need to escape poverty for good.

We recognize that poverty is inextricably linked to social marginalization and discrimination – and our experience has shown that simply providing young people with a few skills, then expecting them to conquer systemic injustices is not effective and does not lead to their empowerment. Rather, large-scale and sustainable change requires addressing laws, policies, gender norms and social and cultural barriers that stand in the way. By creating an enabling and equitable environment where young people can exercise their skills, knowledge and leadership, they are able to step into new roles and lead the change themselves.

STEAL THESE STATS

Share the facts about youth empowerment.

Steal These StatsMore than 100million adolescents do not attend school.
Steal These StatsChildbirth related complications are the number one cause of death among adolescent mothers.
Steal These StatsOf the 1.8 billion young people in the world today, about half survive on less than $2 a day.
Steal These Stats75 million youth account for 40 percent of the world’s unemployed.

IGNITE THE GIRL EFFECT

There is a dynamic movement building across the globe to empower girls and women in the fight against poverty.

DID YOU KNOW?

CARE helps youth save and start businesses through our village savings and loan programs.

Latest story post

In October 2013, we caught up with Maria Landa of Peru to see how she and her welding business were doing.

Take Action

Every girl forced out of the classroom is a girl we have failed. Ask your members of Congress to support the Education for All Act today!

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