Our Current Focus

We have clearly identified the contemporary issues affecting the youth and attempt to efficiently address them with a strategic approach.

Changing the education system to meet the needs of ALL young people – Leave No One Behind Education System

Over the next few years, IYAP will be investing in youth-driven groups that will be working to help their peers, marginalized by the formal education system, to attain credits, re-engage with the school system and to graduate and/or pursue further education or training. IYAP will be investing in the documentation, evaluation and piloting of community-based education strategies, with a specific focus on support for young people who are incarcerated or re-entering society.

Changing the not-for-profit sector to be more inclusive of youth-led groups

IYAP will be working with its partners to make the not-for-profit sector more accessible to youth-led grassroots level groups. Specifically, IYAP will explore the development of shared administrative platforms as an option for youth-led groups, instead of pursuing their own NFP or charitable incorporation. Shared administrative platforms provide mentorship and an organizational home for initiatives that will not be incorporated otherwise. IYAP also wants to work with partners to address legislative and policy barriers that impede youth led work.

Supporting youth-led community change

IYAP will support youth led community change by investing in youth led projects, where the ideas and strategies have been developed by a group of young people and are based on their life experiences. We will also invest in training, skills building, mentor-ship and capacity strengthening strategies that enable youth led groups to conduct their work more effectively.