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Areas of Focus

At EMpower we believe that a critical opportunity for change is during the transition from childhood to adulthood, ages 10-24. A young person's future can take a different trajectory when positive support, tools and resources are available.

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Focusing on the most in-need, we seek to empower those youth most "at-risk ." These are the young people who live in poverty, face discrimination and/or live in excluded communities. Many face a host of additional challenges such as being migrants, living or working on the street, experiencing or having histories of violence or trafficking.

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Youth in EM countries are a large and growing group, often constituting a third or more of their country’s population. They are filled with creativity, energy, intelligence and hope, yet many face challenges and circumstances that stymie their growth and prevent them from achieving even modest life goals.

This crucial time of transition—the journey from childhood to adulthood—is when youth develop skills and make decisions that will shape the rest of their lives and by extension, the futures of their families, their communities, their countries and the wider world. Adolescence and young adulthood is the time when they are most at risk as well as most “at potential.” If, during this critical age, youth can learn useful knowledge for the 21st century, learn how to be healthy, gain self-confidence and leadership abilities, and develop skills to find dignified work, they will have the blueprint for a successful life.

At EMpower we believe that by supporting these young people at the most pivotal time in their lives, we can help them change their world—and ours.

Start with our work in:

Livelihoods   |   Health & Well-being   |   Education

Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.

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