For globally engaged young people

IAYG’s mission is to advance geographic, global citizenship, and environmental education

Growth. Globalization. Rising inequality. Rising seas.

Every young person today will experience lives shaped by an interconnected world. Their communities will face shared global challenges. Far too few will have the knowledge and exposure to tackle them. 

We believe that every young person should be able to learn about and engage in the world. Our work is a small start toward a more informed generation.

About IAYG

What drives us

Why geographic education matters

Help carry us forward

2019-2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic is imposing a significant impact on projects and events for IAYG. It has already caused postponements and cancellations, and will likely result in dramatic shifts in our focuses as we work to prioritize health and safety. We ask project leads to closely abide by the recommendations of the World Health Organization and individual national public health agencies. We will post basic updates for team members and programme participants at

Infographic  •  Tiffany Doan, [email protected]

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17 May • IAYG & University of California, Santa Barbara co-organize UCSB.Global21

8 January • All processes for the Mapping Horizons competition are complete.

31 November • Registration for Mapping Horizons has closed. Judging will begin shortly.

2 November • Registration now open for Health Geographies and Mapping Resilient Societies events

20 October • Spanish-language registrations for Mapping Horizons are now open at

19 October  •  Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe becomes supporting partner of Mapping Horizons GIS Challenge; Mr Pedzisai Kowe to join judging

12 October  •  The Mapping Horizons GIS Competition has launched. Registrations can now be made at

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We have only scratched the surface. Geographic, global, and environmental education will prepare a generation of young people to tackle the twenty-first century’s challenges: there is a lot more that needs to be done. 

Together, we can accomplish anything. Are you with us?