Leadership

A Force for Good: Meet the 2016 Laureate Global Fellows

The 2016 Laureate Global Fellows—20 exceptional young social entrepreneurs in 18 countries—excel at transforming seemingly overwhelming obstacles into opportunities for positive change.

The Power of Soccer to Shape Leaders & Change Communities

Four young leaders from Colombia prove how filling free time with sport can drive social change—including improving school retention, preventing violence, and promoting gender equality.

3 Ways to Tap Young Leaders’ Critical Insight into Global Goals

Young innovators offer their suggestions for how to include youth in development in truly meaningful ways.

To Reach the SDGs, the World Needs a Multi-Generational Alliance

The participants in the Global Youth Forum at the World Bank made me more optimistic about our chances for success in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.

3 Reasons Why DFID's New Youth Agenda is Spot On

By placing youth at the center of its work, DFID's new policy serves as a model for businesses, philanthropies, international NGOs, and others looking to invest in sustainable solutions to a host of global challenges. 

How We Set Out to Strengthen 65 Youth-Led Ventures but Ended up Building a Movement

Over the past five years, I’ve seen transformative change in the lives of Jordan’s young change-makers and those their work impacts. But last spring, as Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania shook hands with BADIR fellows, I knew our initiative had reached a new level.

NYT Gets it Wrong with “Too Many Young People”

As people who dedicate our days to positive youth development, IYF staff immediately felt the headline rubbed us the wrong way. “The World Has a Problem: Too Many Young People,” which recently ran in The New York Times, enumerates multiple development challenges without acknowledging good news, possible solutions, or any other perspective. As the story lingered in ours minds, IYF Program Manager Lisa Jones penned a response, which ran last week on Devex.

Khalida Brohi, Advancing the Rights of Women in Pakistan

By all accounts, women’s rights advocate and social entrepreneur Khalida Brohi is having an amazing year. The 27-year-old was recently honored as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs in Asia, and will be presented this month with the inaugural Buffett Institute Award for Emerging World Leaders.

3 Lessons for Fostering the Growth of Young Women Entrepreneurs

At first glance, exceptional data can often appear quite ordinary. For example, in 2015, slightly more young women than men applied to our national YouthActionNet® institute in Mexico, Premio UVM para el Desarrollo Social.

Sheldon Smith, Champion of Young Fathers & CNN Hero

As a young parent who never had the chance to develop a relationship with his own father, Sheldon Smith founded the Dovetail Project in 2010. He was all of 21....