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About Us

Mission of the SYTA Youth Foundation
The SYTA Youth Foundation’s (SYF) mission is to impact the lives of culturally, linguistically or economically at-risk students and youth through travel experiences that change their lives.

Vision & Goals
We believe that TRAVEL CHANGES YOUNG LIVES FOR GOOD, and to that end, the SYTA Youth Foundation 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 access 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 SYF is to create ongoing awareness and assistance programs for the direct benefit of youth.

SYF acts as a vehicle for the many volunteer resources and funding capabilities available from SYTA members, the student and youth travel industry, the educational community, and the public.


What We Do

The SYTA Youth Foundation provides scholarships and financial aid for students and youth who would otherwise miss valuable educational travel experiences and group performance opportunities.

Through strategic partnerships and initiatives, SYF does the following:

  • Enriches the link between travel experiences and character development

  • Identifies opportunities that support the evolving needs of today's youth

  • Designs and implements assistance projects to enhance social, cultural, and educational experiences

  • Targets financial and alternative support resources to further fund SYF objectives

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