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Mission of the SYTA Youth Foundation

SYTA Youth Foundation's mission is to impact students and youth through travel experiences that change their lives.

Vision & Goals

We believe that TRAVEL CHANGES LIVES FOR GOOD, and to that end, SYF strives to provide access to travel opportunities for the maximum number of young people that would otherwise be unavailable due to family hardship, budget cuts in school systems, or simply lack of the acess to or education about travel as a learning experience.


Formed in the year 2000, the SYTA Youth Foundation is the 501(c)(3) philanthropic sister organization of the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA). The purpose of the Foundation is to create ongoing awareness and assistance programs for the direct benefit of youth.  The SYTA Youth Foundation acts as a vehicle for the many volunteer resources and funding capabilities available from SYTA members, the Student & Youth Travel Industry, the Educational Community, and the Public.

Through a variety of strategic partnerships and volunteer initiatives, the Foundation does the following:

  • Identifies opportunities that support the evolving needs of today's youth.
  • Designs and implements assistance projects that enhance the social, cultural and educational experiences for youth.
  • Targets financial and alternative support resources to further fund Foundation objectives.
  • Enriches the link between travel experiences and the character development of youth.


The SYTA Youth Foundation would not be made possible without the generouse support of our partners. For a full list of our founders, partners, and donors please visit our Partners page today.  As a non-profit organization, the Foundation raises funds for our programs and services through donations and fundraising events.

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