Social Innovation

The Silicon Valley Approach to Driving Social Good

Find out what mission-driven organizations can learn from the Silicon Valley playbook. 

Daniela Retamales Gomez, Founder of Fundación Prótesis 3D

Through Fundación Prótesis 3D, Daniela provides free prosthetics to children and adults with upper extremity disabilities. Youth in detention contribute to the process of printing the 3D prostheses. To date, the initiative has impacted 36 families, with 12 youth trained in job readiness skills.

Alberto Cabanes, Founder of Adopta Un Abuelo

Alberto is the founder of Adopta Un Abuelo, an organization which connects Spanish youth to elders in their communities, in an effort to combat social isolation. Since 2014, Adopta Un Abuelo has matched 600+ volunteers with 365 elders.

Sonal Jain Padamchand, Co-Founder of Boondh

Sonal co-founded Boondh to reduce the stigma surrounding menstruation in India while propagating affordable, eco-friendly period products. In 2017, Boondh reached 11,000 women with menstrual literacy programs, de-stigmatization workshops, and the sale of reusable menstrual cups.

Ashok Regmi on the Role of Formal Education in Development

Ashok Regmi, IYF’s Director of Social Innovation & Citizenship, discusses the need of the formal education sector to prepare young change makers.

Ashok Regmi on Empathy in Development

Ashok Regmi, IYF’s Director of Social Innovation & Citizenship, on why the development community should embrace the values of empathy, compassion, and love.

Ashok Regmi on the Urgency of Investing in Youth

Ashok Regmi, IYF’s Director of Social Innovation & Citizenship, names fives key strategies for better working with the world’s largest ever generation of young people to solve global challenges.

When A Global Company Calls on Young Leaders for Sustainability Ideas

Learn about the exchange of ideas that happens when you tapped the creative thinking of YouthActionNet's Laureate Global Fellows.

I’ve Never Experienced a Training Like This

Positivity. Empathy. Conscious communication. Watch as Jevon Le Blanc of the Youth Empowerment Project (New Orleans) shares these and other benefits of the holistic, movement-based, employability training model developed by Rede Cidadã (Brazil).

The Importance of Whole Person Approaches

“The trip exceeded my wildest expectations,” shares Melissa Sawyer, Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Project (New Orleans) following a (Re)Connecting Youth learning exchange in Brazil.