Our Work


Empowering youth to change the world

In a perfect world, every child has the tools, support, and environment they need to succeed and thrive. Our nonprofit helps children around the globe reach their full potential by putting youth at the center of our work.


Our programs lead the next generation to become changemakers in their community by providing access to education and cultivating creativity, social consciousness, and leadership.

IAPW 2015 in Review | Happy Group

Our Key Pillars

Education, Youth Mentorship, Community, and Self-expression are the key pillars of our work with young people.


We provide access to education, because a quality education opens doors to a bright future.

Through REACH (Rural Education and Community Harmony) we build schools so kids have access to education and the supporting services needed to ensure their success.

Youth Mentorship

We are building a network of empowered young people who work together to address the key issues in their communities.

Our Dreamcatchers and Youth Ambassadors programs guide young kids toward youth-led, purpose-driven service.


We provide children with resources and strong connections to build their social-emotional and leadership skills – in the community, inside the classroom, and at home.

Our Everyday Kindness program gives young kids the support they need to make a difference and our Pint-size Activists are leading by example.


We guide children to express themselves and talk about the issues they face through music, art and technology.

By bringing music therapy, multimedia labs and musical instruments to high-poverty classrooms, our Love 4 One Another program gives kids a voice and the tools they need to make a difference.

We are empowering young people with the tools they need to thrive and guiding them towards social impact. By mobilizing the next generation to be culturally competent, empathetic leaders, we’re preparing youth for the world they will inherit.

Our Programs

Everyday Kindness

A collection of resources for parents, teachers and community leaders.

Pint-Size Activists

Lucia & Luna: Our resident changemakers are leading by example.

IAPW Pint-Sized Activists | Lucia and Luna

Youth Ambassadors

Empowering teens with social emotional & leadership skills to enact youth-led service.


Using art & stories to teach kids about social issues and guiding them to make a difference.


Bringing schools and critical resources to children who need it most around the globe.

Love 4 One Another

Harnessing the power of music and technology to empower youth to have a voice.

diverse classroom of girls playing musical instruments

Featured Work

How Kids are Using Technology for Social Impact

In today’s digital age, technology is not just a tool for entertainment or convenience; it’s a powerful platform for social…

A Celebration of Women

On March 19th, 2024, in honor of Women’s History Month, IAPW brought a powerful group of women together to share…

Giving Voice to the Women of Haiti

Manuela Testolini founded In a Perfect World (IAPW) in 2005 to empower youth to be compassionate, socially conscious leaders.