1999 HUMANITARIAN AWARD
China Youth Development Foundation
Xu Yongguang is the founder and executive vice chairman of the China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF), an organization promoting youth development in education, science and technology, culture, sports and welfare. The CYDF is one of China’s most influential non-profit organizations for youth development.
Xu also initiated Project Hope, which mobilizes public resources to provide financial aid to children whose families cannot afford primary education and to improve the education conditions in poverty-stricken areas. By the end of 2003, Project Hope had helped 2.6 million poor children continue their schooling, built 11,226 Hope primary schools, and sponsored 13,000 rural teachers to receive professional training.
Since he was an Honoree for World of Children, Xu has been active in establishing the China NPO Network, which provides professional training, organizational assessment, forums, research and symposiums for nonprofits. He has recently started two new projects—The Migrant Children Sponsorship, a new youth development program of Project Hope which helps to provide schooling for children of poor migrant workers in the cities, and Action Red Ribbon, an AIDS awareness and prevention program targeting young people in the hope of stemming the spread of HIV in China.