Youth Empowering Youth

Today’s youth have it tough: with a rocky job market and employment prospects, young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. As World Youth Skills Day approaches, it encourages us to consider better ways to enable our youth to develop and unlock their potential.

At IDRF, we believe in the power of youth and their role in shaping a brighter future. Our program, Licensed to Learn (L2L), is a reflection of this belief and the power of what youth can achieve once they’ve set their mind to a goal. Established over 14 years ago, L2L has provided over 17,000 at-risk students with over 310,000 hours of positive youth engagement.

L2L primarily works in lower-income and under-resourced areas, where many families cannot afford tutoring or extra-curricular activities, and has become a great way for peer mentors to hone their leadership and mentoring skills, while enabling peer students to receive one-on-one academic support and mentorship.

The testimonies from students speak for themselves. Fatema, a grade 8 tutor, praises the program. “Thank you for giving me the opportunity for learning how to become a peer tutor. I will use these skills that I have now gained for the rest of my life!.”

From a peer perspective, Carlos, a grade 4 student, learned invaluable life lessons. “I learned from my tutor to never give up, try my best, always believe in myself and how to spend my time wisely”.
We wish you a happy World Youth Skills Day and invite you to see how IDRF is championing and harnessing the power of youth!

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