Youth: Work Mexico

Youth: Work Mexico is an initiative aimed at preparing and connecting young people from vulnerable areas with educational and employment opportunities. It is supported by USAID, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Empréndete Juárez.

Youth: Work Mexico

USAID and the International Youth Foundation launched Youth: Work Mexico in 2010 to address youth challenges in Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana. Working with local civil society groups, the initiative helps create safe spaces for disadvantaged young people, strengthen and expand after-school and summer programs, and prepare Mexican youth for viable futures through self or salaried employment. The initiative equips youth with the education, training, and life skills needed to participate actively in the workplace and become positive role models in their communities. A four-year USD 4 million initiative to ensure at-risk youth have opportunities to stay in school, access the job market, and gain the life skills they need to be productive members of society. It also leverages private sector resources and expertise and increases community involvement to help at-risk youth stay in school and decrease their vulnerability to engage in violent or criminal activity. The outcomes by the end of 2014 are:

  • Nearly 7,500 young people will have participated in youth-friendly spaces and programs such as youth camps and after-school programs, leading to a reduction in gang involvement and school repetition and desertion rates.
  • Nearly 2,000 youth at risk will have been prepared for work through employability programs in Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana that include job and life skills training, internships, job placement services, entrepreneurship training and small business support.
  • Local partners have strengthened their organizational capacity to implement effective youth programming and advocacy efforts.


  • Empréndete Juárez

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown
    Improving lives, knowledge, and understanding Formed in 1971, Family Health International (FHI) is a leader among the largest and most established nonprofit organizations active...
  • International Youth Foundation

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    The International Youth Foundation (IYF) prepares young people to be healthy, productive, and engaged citizens.

    They are passionate in their belief that educated, employed,...

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

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Key Information

LocationMexico, Latin America and Caribbean
  • Start Date 2010
  • End Date 2014
  • ValueUSD 4 Million