Social Innovation

Young Social Innovators in Africa Take Center Stage

An emerging generation of young change-makers in Africa is tackling urgent challenges—poverty, food insecurity, unemployment, lack of access to health care—with creativity, drive, and entrepreneurial spirit. Take Mene Blessing Oritseweyinmi, who developed...

New Website Offers Youth-Led Solutions to Global Challenges

If you are interested in learning about some of the world’s most innovative young leaders—and their solutions to critical global challenges—you need look no further than the new YouthActionNet® website.

A signature program of the...

YouthActionNet® Fellows Pioneer Technology Innovations

Youth as eager adopters of new technologies should come as no surprise to anyone; yet little attention is focused on the role young people play in pioneering tech solutions to critical global challenges. Youth-led tech innovations were spotlighted last week at an award ceremony honoring the...

Calling All Young Social Innovators: Apply Now for Laureate Global Fellowship

“Brilliant.” “Intense.” “A once in a lifetime opportunity.” These are just a few of the reflections shared by Laureate Global Fellows in describing their experience. Supported by the...

Young People Offer Innovative Strategies to Promote Financial Inclusion

Editor’s note:  This blog post was originally posted on the YouthTech blog, which is hosted by new IYF partner Child Youth Finance International.

While many of us are simply worrying about the challenges ahead...

YouthActionNet® in Latin America Celebrates Banner Year

IYF and Laureate Education Inc. bolster support for region’s young leaders 

Since establishing its first national youth leadership institute in Mexico in 2006, the International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet® program has expanded...

Making the Impossible Possible: A Global Network of Young Social Innovators Shows Us How It's Done

The other day I was fortunate to be surrounded by a group of 20 CEOs and founders who are using the latest technologies and innovative strategies to change the "business as usual" mentality in their communities. No, I was not in some board room in New York or a corporate headquarters in Silicon...

IYF Launches New Program for Young Social Entrepreneurs in Anglophone Africa

Young social innovators in Anglophone Africa can now apply to receive advanced leadership training, networking, and funding opportunities through Social Entrepreneurs Transforming Africa (SET Africa), an initiative launched by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and local partner...

American Express Foundation & IYF Launch Initiative to Support Emerging Leaders

Young social entrepreneurs are hungry for the knowledge and skills to take their social ventures to the next level. Through a new partnership between the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and the American Express Foundation, young leaders engaged in IYF’s YouthActionNet® global...

Can Do: The Spirit of Youth-Led Social Innovation

Today's young social entrepreneurs are distinguished by their 'can do' attitude and ability to see the world through new eyes. Celebrated here are IYF's YouthActionNet® Fellows—more than 880 young innovators in over 70 countries, who excel at transforming obstacles into opportunities.