I am 19 years old and one of 26,000 youth participants in the NEO Dominican Republic alliance.
A few weeks ago I was invited to tag along as the photographer on a site visit to Year Up Baltimore, the local branch of a professional job training corps for young people in 17 U.S. cities. Partners from our EquipYouth initiative were visiting from as far as Brazil and South Africa, and they were eager to exchange experiences and information with this organization that trains Baltimore’s youth in ways that parallel their own work and what IYF does. And me? As a long-time resident who loves this city for better or worse, I was curious to see Year Up’s impact here.
Twenty-five-year old entrepreneur Sara Idohou interned with IYF and our YouthActionNet® team this fall while participating in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative. Here Sara reflects on her internship, YALI fellowship, and overall experience as a young woman driven to create change in her community.