Welcome to the website of the IAYG Family

Who We Are  Overview

About the IAYG Family

The IAYG Family is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing geographic, global citizenship, and environmental education. 

Rooted in student efforts to promote geographic education, we’ve evolved and grown over time to help more young people learn about and engage in the world. A century of global challenges requires globally educated, engaged, and empowered people. Will you help us champion more?

THE WORLD WE ENVISION

For every child, the opportunity to engage in the world

About this Picture  |  Secondary school educational program organized by IAYG, Islamic Girls HS

Climate change. Changing development. Geopolitical tensions. Receding human rights. 

Every child, student, and young person alive today will be profoundly impacted by global trends, geographic change, and environmental challenges. But in many of the world’s largest education systems, the students will receive only get a passing glance. Those students fortunate enough to proceed to university may never encounter global or environmental studies. And without conversations in communities, today’s young people don’t have meaningful exposure to world issues. 

We believe that every young person should be able to learn about and engage in the world.

Young people need to understand the world in order to engage in it. A comprehensive geographic and global education gives them the spatial understanding, global perspective, and understanding of world issues needed to be citizens and leaders. Our mission is focused on geographic, global citizenship, and environmental education, whether that means designing human rights education programmes or geography competitions. 

We believe that young people should be able to apply these skills to serve, lead, and engage in the world. The challenges of this century need the passion, power, and potential of globally educated, engaged, and empowered youth. Our mission is to be their champion.

THE IAYG FAMILY AT WORK

A family of projects and changemakers

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About this Picture  |  Civic education and sport program, Gishwati Forest

Across the IAYG Family, volunteers, project leads, and affiliates organize projects and programmes that advance geographic, global citizenship, and environmental education, and empower young people to use these critical subjects to impact the world around them. 

In partnership with the International Geographical Union’s Young & Early Career Geographers Taskforce, we maintain a particular focus in supporting university students and early career researchers. IAYG names one of the nine members of the IGU-YECG Taskforce Steering Committee.

And we’re in a historic transformation. Founded as a decentralized network, we’ve made it a priority to consolidate and modernize as a united, project-focused organization.

ROOTED IN COMMUNITIES

International impact, grassroots values

About this Picture  |  First meeting of IAYG-established Geography Society at the University of Liberia

The IAYG family is a decentralized organization because we believe that development starts from communities on up, not from organizations on down. We bring in ideas and projects proposed by community leaders themselves. In the past, the IAYG family has absorbed local volunteer networks to expand impact, connect changemakers, and improve communities.

We work hard to serve, reach, and represent young people. We have long been a student-centric and youth-centric organization. We deeply respect the power of youth leadership. 

We welcome people from all backgrounds to join our volunteer team and advance our mission. Despite our progress, we’re still tackling a mission much bigger than ourselves. Do you have what it takes to carry us further?

Connect with your IAYG Family

Discover programmes

Find current and upcoming projects and programmes in your region, organized within the IAYG Family. No IAYG programme in your community? Perhaps you can help us organize one.

Carry our mission further

Our mission is made possible by the work of volunteers, and as a grassroots organization, our future might rest on your shoulders. Help bring our mission to new places as part of our volunteer team!

Support us

The IAYG Family is undergoing a historic transformation. Support our continued work, and our future, through a donation, by volunteering, or with in-kind support. We’re grateful for your generosity.