CRS believes that all youth, even the poorest youth and those living surrounded by violence and conflict, have the capacity to be leaders and partners in efforts that produce positive changes in their own lives and in their communities. Empowering youth to contribute to sustainable change on a large scale requires providing them with education, strong life skills and livelihood opportunities. It also requires youth-friendly and youth-serving systems that prepare and protect youth and allow them to participate in the decisions made about their futures.
Using a holistic and positive youth development approach, CRS engages communities, local partners and governments to assist at-risk youth around the world to realize their full potential. Most of our youth programming is the areas of economic strengthening, agricultural livelihoods, education, health, and peacebuilding. To help elevate the value and importance of youth and their abilities to build a more just and peaceful world, youth needs, considerations and opportunities are integrated as a crosscutting theme in all of our work.
At CRS, we are proud to have supported 20-plus years of youth development programming.
Capacity at a Glance
By the Numbers
Our flagship program, YouthBuild, has graduated 7,000 students. About 80 percent of them found work, started a business or went back to school. Investing: CRS has invested $22 million since the program’s inception in 2009.
Program Stories & News
Building Up Youth and Communities in El Salvador
CRS YouthBuild program helps young people in El Salvador gain confidence, and receive life and job skills training.Read more
Research & Publications
Protecting Malawian Children and Youth Through Social and Financial Entrepreneurship
Learn how children can be agents of social change within their communities when they become social and financial entrepreneurs. More
Peacebuilding, Governance, Gender, Protection and Youth Assessments: A Basic Guide for Busy Practitioners
Check out the third edition of our guide about conflict, governance, gender and protection assessments. We've have added a youth assessment tool. More