Welcome to the website of the IAYG Family

Who We Are  Mission  Youth Leadership

We believe in youth leadership

We believe that young people should be able to use their understanding of the world to engage, serve, and lead in it. And we will always champion young people who dare to lead.

Young people are not tomorrow’s leaders: they are today’s leaders. The empowerment of young people as leaders in their communities and countries – rather than simply as individuals served – molds more engaged young people, forms more connected societies, and yields better and more inventive solutions. Supporting young people as community leaders is not merely an investment in their future – building critical skills, encouraging better decisions, and improving educational outcomes – but in more inclusive, forward-looking communities with stronger societal leadership. And the evidence is clear: children and youth, when given the opportunity to lead, can tackle the toughest challenges, take on the deepest societal responsibilities, and lead children and adults alike to achieve shared community goals.

As an organization long centred on young people, we carry conviction in the power of youth leadership – and the power of global education and awareness to advance youth leadership – into everything we do. 

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.