When I first heard Nafula speak about her work, I was struck by the confidence, conviction, and authority of her words. As someone who feels more comfortable expressing herself with a pen and paper than in front of a crowd, I was in awe of her ability to powerfully advocate for gender equality—connecting emotions with data and linking personal experiences with the everyday reality of millions.
In isolated rural communities in Mexico, where the distance villagers must travel to find a doctor can mean the difference between life and death, Dr. Carolina Zuheill Rosales delivers urgently needed medical care.
With every new place I visit, I find a new and stimulating team of young professionals who will be trained as youth-to-youth facilitators, mentors, and counselors. And with every new team, the same faces come to my mind: the young people that started it all, back in 2011 in Ciudad Juarez.
For many students, classes related to science, technology, engineering, and math—the so-called STEM fields—can be intimidating. Stereotypes persist that you either have what it takes to succeed in these subjects, or you don’t. Period. Oscar Contreras-Villarroel grew up with a passion for science and believes most young people would feel as he does—that is, if it were taught differently.
IYF has witnessed a powerful positive trend: the rise of young social entrepreneurs. Recognizing a lack of high-quality data as a key challenge keeping these youth change-makers from garnering all the attention they deserve, we've set out to gather and share information from YouthActionNet® global network. Read an analysis of this infographic, with data from Latin America, in a separate, complementary post.
As part of my role overseeing YouthActionNet®’s Latin American portfolio, I recently analyzed data on 475 young social entrepreneurs who had applied to our institutes in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico in 2015. A new infographic is part our work to address a lack of high-quality data on the sector, and it offers a snapshot of the pool across the three countries.
“I dream of an Africa where all young people have a quality education,” affirms Peggy, who was elected to IYF’s Board of Directors in December as one of two designated youth members.
The three don’t seem like they met only days before. The way Ayaz, Nafula, and Queen are quick to hug and tease one another, I’d think these young leaders were longtime friends. But, really, they only just found one another when they reached Washington, DC, for the week-long YouthActionNet® Laureate Global Fellows retreat.
Music transports us. It touches our hearts. It can even unite us. But can a song help heal a painful past? For Crystal Goh, the answer is an unequivocal ‘yes.’
For powerful examples of youth driving positive change, look no further than IYF’s YouthActionNet® global network, which recently welcomed 52 accomplished young social entrepreneurs through its leadership institutes in Brazil, Morocco, Nigeria, and Turkey.