International Association for National Youth Service



In 2007, ICP was selected as the permanent secretariat for the International Association for National Youth Service (IANYS), a global network of professionals working in the youth civic engagement and youth development fields, with a particular focus on national service and service-learning.

The International Association for National Youth Service (IANYS) is a unique global network of practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and other professionals actively working to encourage countries worldwide to implement policies and programs that support youth civic engagement.
In addition to advocating for strong youth policies, IANYS also facilitates the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices in youth service and provides assistance to nations wishing either to introduce new programs or to reshape existing programs.


IANYS was formed in 1996 at the 3rd biennial global conference on national youth service (global conferences are held every two years in a different country). Since its inception, IANYS has grown to include participants from 50 different countries on six continents. IANYS is the only network of its kind actively working to encourage every country to consider the implementation of policies and programs to support youth civic engagement. IANYS also works to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas surrounding youth civic engagement policies and programs.

 Primary IANYS Activities

  1. Collecting and disseminating information about National Youth Service (NYS) programs throughout the world;
  2. Providing assistance to countries and organizations interested in establishing NYS programs;
  3. Fostering the development of National Youth Service programs through exchanges and training of both staff members and young people in service;
  4. Organizing Global Conferences on NYS;
  5. Helping to arrange multi-National Youth Service teams;
  6. Collaborating with the United Nations and other international bodies in activities of common interest;
  7. Sharing information with NYS participants regarding progress in meeting human and environmental development goals and the role to be played by NYS participants in meeting these goals; and
  8. Conducting NYS research, monitoring, and evaluation.


IANYS Bellagio Conference Report

IANYS 9th Global Conference Report

IANYS 8th Global Conference Report